THRIVE TALKS is a monthly speakers series that invites successful female artists and women in the arts to share their journeys, successes and advice with other women. Each THRIVE TALK features a woman in the arts and this intimate setting allows for a unique opportunity to get to know them. All speakers volunteer their time and knowledge to help other female artists thrive in their art practices and art businesses. THRIVE is so grateful to have such a generous and committed group of mentors. This month THRIVE Studio welcomes…
AIMÉE BROWN- Wednesday, June 29th, 7pm until 8:30pm
Born and raised in Western Canada, Aimée completed her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. After moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2005, she obtained her Masters in Fine and Media Arts at NSCAD University in 2007. Aimée’s artistic practice engages archives and research to place historical content within contemporary performance and visual art. She has received several awards and grants, notably the Joseph Beuys Scholarship for Artistic Merit, several Canada Council Grants, and was selected for the 2015 Fraser Valley Biennale. Aimée has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, with group shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has completed many artist residencies in North America, most recently a year-long residency with the Kent Harrison Arts Council in British Columbia, Canada. She is currently represented by the Vancouver Art Gallery Art Rental & Sales Program.
THRIVE Studio asked Aimée a few questions in preparation for her THRIVE TALKS on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016…
What are three things (practical advice or tips) that you are going to share with us at THRIVE TALKS?
The topic of my talk is Artist Residencies, and in conjunction with that theme, I’m going to be discussing why residencies can be a great tool for propelling, jumpstarting and refreshing your studio practice, the nuts and bolts of how to apply for residencies, and I’ll share some of my personal experiences at residencies around North America. It’ll be a great buffet of Artist Residency information!
Share a weird fact about yourself.
I’m an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church
Share a favourite quote that keeps you motivated or inspired.
“Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.” – Sol LeWitt
and “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” – Marianne Williamson
What was your first job?
I first worked summers at Whitby’s, a lovely sea-side bookshop in Whiterock, BC
Why should people have art in their homes?
Haven’t we all had a moment where we view of work of art and it just cracks open the rooftops of our dusty minds? The work is so compelling we just want to be absorbed in it, by it, through it! In his book Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes discusses a phenomenon called PUNCTUM, in reference to photographs that are so arresting, they hold the potential to reach out and grab the viewer from of their current state of being. The power of a work of art to hold captive its viewer and inspire thought, contemplation, even action and revolution remains one of the greatest reasons I can think of to make art and for people to have art in their lives.