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June Barrage, Craig Berggold, Nicole Emond, Sonya Fesiak, Kaitlin Groat, Austin Henderson, Emily Klaassen, Ramolen Laruan, Karen Law, Jessica Peterson, Chelsea Saunders, Leigha Stiles, and Rebecca Tulk.

November 18, 2016 - January 13, 2017 | Reception: Friday September 25, 5-7pm.

Craig Berggold, 21st Century Dreaming Crisis: Berlin 2014, photography, 2014

The Union Gallery is pleased to present Reveal, a juried exhibition of student work from Queen’s University. Through both traditional and less traditional approaches, the artists in Reveal explore what influences or determines sense of self, and the socially and culturally constructed nature of identity. Utilizing a range of materials and mediums these works reflect on the presented and represented nature of identity, revealing how external pressures might benefit or deny authentic constitutions of identity.

Portraiture features prominently throughout Reveal where several artists have explored experimental representations of their own likeness, complicating the traditional function of portraiture. Other common themes emerge throughout the exhibition such as the impacts of normative gender roles, culture, and societal pressure on the formation of identity. The resultant exhibition offers works that reflect the diversity of creativity within the Queen’s community.

Artist Biographies:

Austin Henderson is a Bachelor of Fine Art candidate at Queen’s University with a focus in drawing, painting and printmaking. His recent exhibitions include the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, and the Union Gallery in Kingston, and recent publications include the Undergraduate Review, at Queen’s University. Austin is an illustrator for the Queen’s Business Review, is a Culture Editor for Queen’s Fashion Photography, and has been an interpreter at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. In the winter of 2017 he will be continuing his Fine Art studies abroad at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Sonya Fesiak is a painter and printmaker, and is currently a Fine Arts candidate at Queen’s University. Minoring in psychology, her work explores the therapeutic capacities of creative practices. While her own art practice aims to testify to the psychological relief of creative expression, she also brings this belief into the classroom as an instructor for Queen’s Expressions life-drawing classes. She hopes to further pursue the relationship between art and healing through a Maters in Art Therapy. Her work has been shown throughout Kingston, ON.

Emily Klaassen graduated from Bayridge Secondary School in 2011, and is currently a Fine Arts candidate at Queen’s University where her art practice explores space and place through sculpture and three-dimensional mediums. She draws much of her inspiration from her unique experience in training a Holstein heifer, an experience which led her to compete in the prestigious Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON. She aims to complete her bachelor’s degree in 2018.

Nicole Emond is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in woodcut, stone lithography, plate lithography, woodcarving, and metal and plaster sculptural processes. Originally from Northern Ontario, she is currently a BFA (honours) candidate at Queen’s University where here thesis focuses on the complexity between nature and the industrial world. She holds a certificate in International Studies and prior to Queen’s she studied at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, UK. Her work has been exhibited throughout Ontario including Kingston, Hamilton, and Sault Ste. Marie.

Media artist Craig Berggold strives to combine social justice activism with a contemporary art practice. His award-winning photography and films, including: Pocket Desert: confessions of a snakekiller; Educate Your Attitude; Fresh Talk: Youth & Sexuality; Up To Scratch have been broadcast on television and screened at film festivals and art galleries around the world. Currently, Craig is studying for his PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. He is also a Teaching Fellow in the Film and Media Studies Department where he has taught several courses including: Film and Politics; Science Fictions Films and Alternative Social Models; Media and Cultural Studies.

June Barrage is a visual artist originally from Beirut, Lebanon. Barrage works in painting and printmaking and occasionally assembles installations of the two mediums in her practice. She is a BFA candidate at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, minoring in Art History. Barrage has had ample experience in the Queen’s art studios receiving workshops on woodcut, waterless lithography, stone lithography and screen-printing from master printer Otis Tamasauskas. Barrage’s work revolves around a variety of feminist issues within the Islamic faith.

Leigha Stiles is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in printmaking and new-media. She is currently a Fine Arts candidate at Queen’s University where her work explores themes of sexuality, traditional gender roles and the representation of the body. Her work has been exhibited in many platforms throughout Kingston, where she resides.

Ramolen Laruan is a student at Queen’s University and is based between Kingston and Toronto. Having grown up in the Philippines and moved to Canada at the age of 10, Ramolen’s work focuses on the intermingling of cultures and its effects on the formation of self-identity. She holds the role of co-editor-in-chief of The Undergraduate Review, an arts publication in campus, and President of Union Gallery’s Board of Directors. Ramolen is currently a third-year Fine Art student, minoring in Art History.

Chelsea Saunders is a multi-disciplinary artist and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) candidate at Queen’s University. Focusing on painting and drawing her work investigates the complexity of human emotional expression. In 2014 she received the Quinte Arts Council Bursary. Her work has been shown in Belleville and Kingston.

Karen Law is an emerging artist currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education degree at Queen’s University. While she primarily uses traditional paint mediums she has recently started exploring new approaches and materials to create figurative works. Her experiences as a first generation Canadian and a member of a minority group motivate her work, where she investigates the multifaceted relationship between race, immigration, and Canadian identity.

Rebecca Tulk is a student artist in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Queen’s University, and she holds an Advanced Diploma in Visual and Creative Arts from Sheridan College.

Jessica Peterson is a fourth year Fine Art student with a focus in painting. She is interested in how the body provides information through sensation. Her fourth year thesis project investigates the body as a tool to practice mindfulness and improve mental health.

Kaitlin Groat is a multidisciplinary student artist pursuing her BFA at Queen’s University. Currently in her fourth year, her thesis work examines hyper-consumption and mass consumerism primarily through the mediums of screen print and lithography.