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Category: Featured work

Submitted by undergraduate and graduate students from Montreal and abroad, see what upcoming feminist artists are making and crafting today.

I am/becoming the stories I tell – Matt Sanderson

Throughout my time at Concordia, my studies in Art History have served as a way to both inform and inspire the work I do in my studio practice. In particular, I have always been fascinated with the tradition of portraiture in painting and photography, and its intimate relationship with ideas of performativity in gender and sexual identity. Through costume, setting, and body language, the subject of a portrait is capable of visually embodying a kind of mysterious and indescribable energy, one that is able to speak to the viewer’s own experience of gender and sexuality.

Study of a Dream – Gazelle Bastan

Study of a Dream documents my personal experience of being creatively inspired by a recurring dream. While painting, I felt like I was almost meditatively probing into this dream, reimagining it in deeper detail in order to depict it visually. The Persian carpet motifs in this piece are based on my own lived experience and interpretation of Persian social traditions and stereotypes.

Women I love in their Bedrooms – Magali Bélair-Boileau

Magali Bélair-Boileau is a Montreal-based artist, born in 1998, who is currently pursuing a BFA in Painting and Drawing at Concordia University. She is interested in the domestic environment, specifically the symbolic meaning embedded in the objects that surround and occupy a place in our lives as well as the relationship we develop with them. Through her painted portraits, Bélair-Boileau creates visual testimonies of people’s interpersonal relationships and bonds with their personal space.

Le Lin, 不要泄露或隐瞒我 / don’t reveal or conceal me

Back in 2017, I dedicated a month to myself. I screen-printed 6 blank shirts with the words “不要泄露或隐瞒我 / don’t reveal or conceal me” and wore them every day throughout that month. This project reflected the places my mind was going to – places of internalized gender disorientation and of navigating the performative aspects of walking through the world in a Chinese queer/trans body.

Michelle Caron-Pawlowsky, Lovestuff, 2018–

Lovestuff is a series that explores what we choose to keep from past relationships, romantic or otherwise. Subjects are asked to select something they have kept from a past relationship and write a note about what they have chosen, the memory associated with it, or the relationship itself. Through these images, the viewer is offered an intimate look into the subjects’ experiences of love, loss, and healing.

Cheville, – Sophia Borowska & Teresa Dorey

In a basement with limestone walls whose surfaces chip and crumble and where new dust makes an appearance each day, Sophia Borowska and Teresa Dorey present sculptures that pose visceral questions and address the body’s memory.

With Pulp – Michelle Caron-Pawlowsky

With Pulp is an ongoing body of work informed by queer ecology, a theory that considers environmental studies and queer theory to be deeply interconnected, as both deal with issues of binaries, dualisms, and intimacies between living beings.

Beyond the Skin – ANLING DUNN

“Beyond the Skin” is a portrait photography series by artist Anling Dunn. It explores and highlights the physical features that are perceived as “shameful” by society.

HOME: hold – Aaliyah Crawford

“HOME” is a seven part series addressing the personal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist’s mental health. Here’s the final part.