Angela Gmeinweser, Gabrielle Strong, and Rho Shaw at Okanagan College Library

On , In Artscape, Okanagan College Library

 

 

Angela Gmeinweser is a Bachelor of Fine Arts student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan with a focus in a variety of different media including painting, sculpture, and video. Her work often navigates relationship to place and through this exploration focuses on how communities and individuals choose to form their relationship to natural surroundings. 

These particular works were created over the span of two years and exist as a fiction with varying ties and deviations to their origins in reality. The intention of the paintings was to explore encounters with the world, scenes that exist with the vertigo of moments only half understood, in the hope to suspend the feeling before reality is uncovered and the reason to continue looking is lost.

 

 

Gabrielle Strong’s practice is split between painting and ceramics and she is interested in mining the ways in which they intersect. Prior to attending Emily Carr University, she spent five exciting years traveling to over 70 countries on all seven continents by sea, leaving her with a deep connection to the ocean. Those years at sea left their mark and coupled with 20 years living on the Pacific West Coast, she is forever drawn to themes of water and reflection, which reoccur throughout her art practice. She finds beauty in big monochromatic skies and strives to capture the tranquility those overcast days inspire.

Recently she was awarded a major public art commission for RespectFEST to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Funded in part by the Government of Canada, the City of Vernon and the Downtown Vernon Association, Gabrielle enlisted the community to help create a winding river mosaic to be installed in 2018 in the downtown core.

 

Rho Shaw predominantly explores themes of identity and language in her artwork. These ideas are expressed with a satirical edge through photography and silkscreen.  Rho intends for the viewer to reflect on stereotypes ingrained in society by incorporating typical “Asian” food and by borrowing familiar themes from pop culture. She also questions the influence of different people in one’s life through reflection and the influence of new technology.

After immigrating to Canada in 1981, she spent most of her teenage years in Winnipeg. The transition from Philippines to Canada at a young age had a strong effect on Rho’s worldview, resulting in prominent themes of identity in her work. Currently, she lives in Penticton, BC. Compared to Winnipeg, it is not as culturally diverse so she finds that at times, she is reminded of her ethnicity although she has lived in Canada for 35 year. She has her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree with a minor in Art History at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Her work has been shown in group and juried exhibitions at UBCO’s Fina Gallery, the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Madhatter: Beyond Invisible, and the Emily Carr Mail Art program.