Terri Fidelak is a multidisciplinary artist whose work addresses notions of interconnectivity through drawing and illustration, sculpture, installation, and social practice. Repetitive action is perennial in her practice, from silk-screening and slip-casting to knotting and mark-making. She relies on the tactile qualities of her chosen materials to guide her process. References to time and attention to detail are through lines in her work. In reckoning with them, she uncovers ways that objects, people and environments converge to resonate with unexpected meaning.
Although collaboration is a staple of her creative work, Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath represents Fidelak’s first experience in album illustration and design. Working in close relationship with Belle Plaine and her lyrics, the imagery began with a question: How do we carry the events of our lives? Redemption, forgiveness, love, remembrance, malice, mercy, grief, and wrath; in every human body, these are intertwined and buried beneath layers of experience. Everything is elusive, but rooted somewhere. Our stories echo through time, occasionally returning to us on the bittersweet breath of the night garden. The plants represented are endemic to Saskatchewan and symbolic of important aspects. They include Horsetail (a snakecharmer, it strengthens boundaries), False Soloman’s Seal (harmony of opposites), Fireweed (transformation/rebirth), and Plantain (healer of snake bites, talisman for good choices). The artwork stitches together the cosmic and the every day with the thread of mystery, which seems to be the only constant in life.
Fidelak holds a Bachelors of Arts in both Visual Art and English Literature from the University of Regina. She has been the recipient of numerous residencies, grants, and awards. Her work is among the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Permanent Collection as well as private collections in Canada, the US, and Japan. Fidelak lives and works on Treaty 4 Territory in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Carey Shaw started her professional career in 2001, after graduating from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a BFA in Photography. Creating photography for both personal and editorial clients, throughout North America, as well as lifestyle orientated images for Stocksy United. Carey has worked as an Artist in Residence with the Saskatchewan Arts Board and community arts educator and artistic coordinator with the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Common Weal Community Arts.
Carey currently sits on the Board of Directors of BlackFlash Magazine, and in collaboration with The Storefront, we run Shoptalk, a local networking event for modern entrepreneurs and creatives.