Since graduating from the University of Alberta in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in sculpture, Stephanie’s practice has grown to include glazes and fabrics, both mediums that she was not formally trained in. In 2007/2008, Stephanie did a yearlong residency at Harcourt House Gallery in Edmonton, AB and was nominated for the Emerging Artist of the Year for the Mayor’s Evening of the Arts Awards in Edmonton. In September 2009, Stephanie completed a two-month residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, AB. During 2009 she received the Award of Achievement from the Alberta Craft Council for outstanding efforts in ceramics, and was listed among Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” in Edmonton. In 2012 Stephanie completed her Master of Applied Arts degree at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC.
Mary Joyce is an artist born in Montreal, living in Edmonton. An award-winning printmaker, drawer and painter, she has been producing and exhibiting in Canada and Europe since 1986. Sensory retention through body memory, labour, how things work, women’s work, industrial architecture and engineering provide material for her investigations. Her current interests query speed and the passage of time. Her subject is memory and consciousness; how the body, mind and heart are simultaneously imprinted with sensory evidence of rapid passage through time and space, and the indelibility of specific places in imagination. Drawings she makes while in motion signify the primary experience of the present passing into past, future becoming present. In 2012, Mary Joyce’s long lasting exploration of speed, time and space drew her attention to cities, crowds, red squares and safety pins, an upsurge of social change, of political mobilization and citizen engagement. Since then, the upsurge continues and by its vitality, invites ongoing celebration of the courage and resilience of its activists.