Graduate students

Omid Afarinzad

Omid Afarinzad

Sculpture
Omid Afarinzad is an Iranian visual artist currently residing in Victoria, BC. His work addresses themes of time, coexistence and corporality that reference domestic objects and wildlife. His past works have investigated the non-linear perception of time through reviving elements from the past. Omid’s current work aims to juxtapose human and non-human species consciousness by manipulating animal figures, organic elements and human-made structures.
Lauren Brinson

Lauren Brinson

Interdisciplinary
Lauren Brinson is an interdisciplinary artist from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Her work considers experiences of interpersonal connections through the everyday objects that facilitate them. By manipulating the function of made and found objects, as well as the history of traditional craft, she works to mediate societal perceptions or worth, and the physical and psychological spaces between herself and others.
Randy Cooke

Randy Cooke

Sculpture
Visual Arts
Mona Hedayati

Mona Hedayati

Interdisciplinary
Mona Hedayati is an Iranian-Canadian interdisciplinary artist with a conceptual and critical approach. She has exhibited in Iran, Germany and Canada. Mona received a BA in Literature, Linguistics and Translation and an advanced diploma in Fashion Design and Illustration as well as a diploma in Visual Arts. In her recent body of work, she explores the notions of the gaze, surveillance and the systems of power and the role of global capitalism therein.
Elly Heise

Elly Heise

Photography
Elly Heise a first-generation Canadian artist with Norwegian-German parentage. Heise's practice considers the role of the photographic archive in the digital age, spurred by an interest in Western cultures increased preoccupation with nostalgia and memory since the proliferation of digital media. By extracting familiar points of reference and using various forms of photo manipulation, Heise intertwines visual archives of the past with her own contemporary imagery, de-familiarizing viewer from subject matter. This viewing experience mimics the inaccessibility of a time and space that is yearned for en masse
Jason Hill

Jason Hill

Sculpture and Installation

Jason knows about art - probably more than anyone ever has known about art. His art is the biggest and best art that's ever been made. Many people talk about how great his art is, and many others have spent money, lots of money, more money than anyone ever before has spent, on his art. Which is big, really big. Not just in size, but big in how many people love his work.

Big love money art. That is Jason Hill. #hillfefe

Nobody has better respect for art, or women for that matter, than Jason Hill. He likes rockets and he does good at rockets too. Many say he's a genius, perhaps the greatest genius who ever lived. A very stable genius who is good at rockets.

 

Clare Lannan

Clare Lannan

Multidisciplinary
Clare Lannan is a Victoria-based artist concerned with arenas of the spectacle,looking at sideshows, entertainment wrestling, and fat as her primary sources of research. A self-proclaimed flesh tourist, Lannan works to reclaim space from oppressive systems for bodies that have been left behind. Working with a variety of mediums, she seeks to fill voids, facilitate new discourse, and forge unknown paths in the collective landscape shared by marginalized people.
Leanne Olson

Leanne Olson

Photography
Leanne Olson’s art practice persists as a way to understand the deceptive depths of the human mind. She cycles through themes of entropy, uncertainty, and impending decay that are mimetic in land and water bodies entangled in massive change. She morphs an array of documentation into photo installation for glimpses of ecosystems at the brink of revival. Olson has exhibited and given artist talks within Canada and received international media coverage while she was the first Artist in Residence at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.
Liam O'Sullivan

Liam O'Sullivan

Sculpture
Liam O’Sullivan is a Canadian painter working with illusion and psychological phenomenon to promote self-recognition and neurological humility. Personification, mythologizing, parody, image swapping, cognitive biases, and the grotesque are adapted in his work to represent the cultural and psychic momentum that we are all created through and swept unceasingly along by together.
Dani Proteau

Dani Proteau

Sculpture and installation, photography and video
A collective obsession with screens detaches our contemporary culture from the physical world. In light of this, my work aims to distill and bring forth engaging elements found in everyday objects—light, sound, colour, and movement—to prompt contemplation, wonder, and to interrupt otherwise ossified ways of knowing. 
Through sculpture, installation, photography, and video projection, my current practice seeks to disrupt everyday methods of perceiving and challenge what can be sensed. 
Christina Trutiak

Christina Trutiak

MFA Candidate
Visual Arts
Graham Wiebe

Graham Wiebe

Photography
Graham Wiebe is a visual artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Employing the snapshot as material toward a visual memoir, Wiebe's photographs are a record of impulse and engagement. These fragmentary and still documents weave together to highlight the intersection of the urban and suburban landscapes, creating an intimate portrait rooted in time, place and personal experience.