Kiana Hipolito

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Artist Statement


resume captures the disorientating process of finding ourselves in an alienating environment. In an ever changing world filled with confusion, chaos and sorrow we attempt to discover a new sense of safety. The simplicities of comfort found in our everyday attempt to soften the blow of the harsh reality. resume illustrates the joy in the small victories, the frustration in the helplessness and the unity of impending despair. Using bright colours and textures, resume toes the line between an optimistic perspective and painful deception.

Kiana Hipolit

Kiana Hipolito is an interdisciplinary artist, illustrator and graphic designer from Vancouver, on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil- Waututh peoples. Kiana obtained her BFA in illustration from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2018, which includes her studies at Falmouth University (United Kingdom) in 2017. She currently works as an attendant at the Richmond Art Gallery as well as Canadian Art Prints and Winn Devon Group Inc. as a graphic designer in addition to her art and design practices.

Kiana’s use of texture and colour within her work often narrates themes of (mis)communication, cultural identity and shared diasporic experience observed in communities present in North America. Kiana also enjoys also illustrating for young readers, often creating colour works inspired by the nature of the Pacific Northwest, and the curiosities hiding in plain sight.


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