See what’s fueling the creativity of our 2020 In Residence artists
We connected with five inspired creatives from around the globe to conceive Canada Goose’s international artist residency program, In Residence. Taking over our storefront windows across five major cities, each person was tasked with creating a unique piece of art, but with a particular mandate in mind: Each work must reflect the independent spirit of each city, while also fostering a deeper sense of global community. While the goal of this project is to focus on the collective zeitgeist of creativity and community, we were also intrigued by each artist’s intimate relationship with their individual process and in developing their In Residence point of view. This is a glimpse into the artist and their story.
What stokes creativity? Kindles genius? Inspires art?
You could argue it comes from a lot of things. On an abstract level, our world, the collective human experience, and the environment in which we live, but if you were to dig deeper, you could just as quickly muse it’s also in the minutiae of everyday life, and that is what indeed triggers a creative response. Honestly, inspiration is everywhere you look: People, places, and things. Touch, feel, and smell; emotion, perception, and sensibility. It’s in how we interpret that mix of tactile and intangible that makes art uniquely individual as the person who’s creating it.
That’s why, fascinated by this intersect of invention and expression, we asked our In Residence creatives to participate in a fun and, well, artsy assignment: Our quirky questionnaire that cracks open the door into their personal lives and asks what makes them — and their art — tick. Oh, and we challenged them to a 30-second portrait doodle, too. (They are artists, after all.)
Check out their intriguing responses below. Perhaps these will inspire you to pick up a pen or a paintbrush yourself.
Dominique Pétrin, Montreal
What do fire, water and a couple of cute Chihuahuas have in common? Montreal visual artist, Dominique Pétrin, whose immersive installations illustrate the importance of interconnectedness between people and nature.
Saroj Patel, London
British Indian artist, Saroj Patel, plays with concepts of reality (and this new world we find ourselves in) with her sculptures and installations, so it feels fitting that Thom Yorke’s Anima, an album that explores the ideas of societal turmoil and the fight to maintain our inner spirit, is her go-to summer soundtrack.
Mila Leva, Milan
Calling Italy home, Russia her summer getaway (thanks to its glorious “fresh weather”), and the Japanese art of Kintsugi the inspiration for her visual artistry, Mila Leva leans into her global perspectives to inform her work as an art director, motion graphics designer and illustrator.
It makes sense that cyberpunk Chinese zombies and Mozart’s symphonic melodies are two things that spark inspiration for L+L, an artist collaboration between IKKY Lin and Lve Wang. Why? Their multimedia works and large-scale murals dip into both the mythological and the imagined.
Vacant lots, trains, walls, and wastelands all prove to be workable canvases for Daco’s art. Just add spray paint, acrylic, and love of graffiti, and his graphic interpretations come alive on the streets with colourful , elaborate energy.
Alexis Eke, Toronto
Beautiful and radical: That’s Alexis Eke’s ethos for her contemporary illustrations of Black women. Grounded by her Caribbean upbringing and summer’s spent in bible study, her art offers a sense of connection and catharsis.