Visiting Artists 2010-2011

Caitlin Erskine-Smith Meredith Setser Jennie Suddick Joy Walker
Caitlin Erskine-Smith, 
Demonstrated, detail of work in progress, lithography on paper and lithography on/in handwoven linen, 32” x 42”, 2011. Printed 
by Jill Graham and woven by Caitlin Erskine-Smith; created under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2010-11.

Caitlin Erskine-Smith

Born in Toronto, Caitlin Erskine-Smith has studied art and design in Europe, South America and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Building on these experiences of intercultural dialogue and divergence, she is particularly interested in the use of the spoken and written word and the way in which intended and communicated meaning can be estranged. Focusing in textiles, her work incorporates traditional techniques to consider modern conflicts of identity, language, and change. She has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions including Unity and Diversity, at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea, at Nuit Blanche and Luminato in Toronto, and at Nocturne, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Meredith Setser, Germinal Rhizome, detail of installation in progress, etching on handmade and dyed wool felt, 
dimensions variable, 2011. Created under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2010-11.

Meredith Setser

Meredith Setser is a printmaker, textile artist and assistant professor of printmaking at the Herron School of Art and Design (Indianapolis). She studied at Edinboro University (Pennsylvania) and Indiana University (IUPUI campus) for her undergraduate studies, earning a BFA in 1997. She attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completing her MFA in 2004. Meredith has taught printmaking courses as an adjunct instructor at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Milwaukee School of Art and Design. She has exhibited widely, including the Qijiang International Print Exhibition (China), the 12th Annual Washington Printmaker’s Small Print Exhibition (Washington, DC),Folly, a solo exhibition at Basile Gallery (Indianapolis) and Perform/Install III at the South Bend Museum of Art (Indiana). Meredith has also given several workshops and demonstrations in felt making across the United States.

Jennie Suddick, Bigfoot Trap Matchstick Model Kit, Artist Multiple – Hand printed and constructed box, screenprinted blueprints, 300 matchsticks, wood glue, acetate sheet, 2011. Created under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2010-11.

Jennie Suddick

Jennie Suddick is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, The United States, Germany and Italy. She received both a BFA and Advanced Visual Studies Certificate from The Ontario College of Art and Design, where she was the recipient of multiple awards. She received a Masters of Fine Art at York University. Her work, created in print, photography and sculpture, deals with issues of Canadian identity, cryptozoology, museological display, and hyper reality. Recently, she has shown at Board of Directors, Blackwood Gallery’s Drop Out 2009 Nuit Blanche exhibition, The Gladstone Hotel’s upArt and participated in Hallwalls’ Artists and Models: Stimulus in Buffalo, New York. She received the Award of Excellence at the 2009 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

The ability to work alongside practicing printmakers working in both traditional formats of the medium, as well as those with experimental practices, provided the unique opportunity to participate in a developing dialogue around contemporary print media, which further informed the choices I make within my own practice. In my opinion, Open Studio’s members and staff currently play an integral role in these discussions, both locally as well as internationally, as exemplified in their presentation of the Printopolis symposium in fall 2010. I found all of the members of the community that I had the pleasure to interact with during my residency period offered interesting perspectives and practices during this exciting time for printmaking. The support for my project was abundant, with the staff being very accommodating to my questions and needs, resulting in me getting a firm understanding of how to get the most from my time there. 
- Jennie Suddick, Visiting Artist 2011

Joy Walker, Crush (Line #1), screenprint on paper, 38″ x 50″, 2011. Printed by Nadine Bariteau under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2010-11. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Joy Walker

Joy Walker is an artist originally from Montreal, living and working in Toronto. She studied textile design at OCAD and for over 20 years, has designed and produced printed textiles for retailers and design consultants throughout Canada and the U.S. Her artwork reflects her interest in pattern, repetition, geometrics and the ephemeral using a variety of methods including printing, photography, drawing, stitching and cutting. Joy’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and is included in private and public collections. She is also the programmer of *QueenSpecific, a window exhibition space on Queen St. West in Toronto displaying site-specific art installations. She is represented by MKG127 gallery in Toronto.

The Visiting Artist Program at Open Studio gave me the opportunity to realize a large-scale screenprint project that would have been impossible to carry out in my own studio. The generous access to the printing facilities at OS and the technical assistance provided by Nadine Bariteau were crucial to the success of this project. The VA program culminates in an exhibition and an artist publication to accompany it, which is a perfect way to complete the residency experience.
 – Joy Walker, Visiting Artist 2011