This year, VAHMS had the privilege to partner with Shaw Multicultural to showcase three Interconnected Artists on their channels! Check out each of the artists and their videos below:
Michelle Sound is a Cree and Métis artist, educator and mother. She is a member of Wapsewsipi Swan River First Nation in Northern Alberta. Her mother is Cree from Kinuso, Alberta, Treaty 8 territory and her father’s family is Métis from the Buffalo Lake Métis settlement in central Alberta. She was born and raised on the unceded and ancestral home territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, School for the Contemporary Arts, and a Master of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University Art + Design. Michelle is currently an Indigenous Advisor at Douglas College.
Check out her Interconnected Artist Spotlight art here.
Paulina Constancia is a multidisciplinary naïf artist from Cebu, Philippines, based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Her style is expressive and colourful and often invoke personal emotional experiences as reflected in both her visual and literary works. Paulina primarily paints on canvas, sometimes incorporating stitching, but also works with textiles and found materials, gracing all with the vibrant colours of her childhood growing up in the tropics and her serendipitous encounters traveling abroad. Her works often incorporate a smiling sun or feature curious humans looking out at you to tell the story, usually with animal companions. Life metaphors and social commentaries lie beneath her whimsical treatment of everyday themes. Paulina has exhibited her art in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Mexico & in various cities in the U.S.A. and Canada. Her art is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Naïve Art (MoNA) in the Philippines, Musée international d’art naïf de Magog in Canada and the Galerija likovnih samorastnikov Trebnje (Gallery of Naive Artists Trebnje ) in Slovenia.
Karl M. Hipol
Karl Mata Hipol was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada in 2015.He is a multidisciplinary artist living and creating in North Vancouver. Karl holds a BFA (2022) with a major in Visual Art and a minor in Curatorial Practices from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. I was awarded the OPUS Art Supplies Graduation Award BFA and Honourable Mention for the ECU Graduation Award for the Anti-Racism + Social Justice.
Check out his Interconnected Artist Spotlight art here.