Storylines features a collection of work by Comic Artists from Alberta who use illustration as a form of narrative and storytelling. This collection of work demonstrates the diverse ways that comics are used to reflect on socio-cultural themes that are present in our everyday lives.
The artists in this exhibit explore innovative applications for Comic Art. Artists Jade Nasoguluak Carpenter and Sho Uehara each employ Comic Art as a tool for language. Jade humourously explores everyday emotions and gestures of empathy through a series of doodles and captions, while Sho experiments with graphic storyboards, which use silent images to create a narrative.
Meanwhile Rob Hickey and Caylah Lyons focus on character development and use comics as a mechanism for expressing loss and coping. Finally, Jackie Huskisson uses printmaking techniques to create patterned images that show texture and depth through the use of colour and two-dimensional surface.
Comic Art as a medium is extremely accessible and relatable, which is part of its appeal. However, as simple as the work may seem, these artists expertly craft contexts, actions and emotions into every illustration. Each drawing begins with a line. Line by line, a story develops.
Curated by Jihane Theocharides for the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, TREX Region 1
Cover Image: Jackie Huskisson, It’s Raining Men (Hallelujah),2018, Silkscreen on mulberry paper, Collection of the artist