About our cover image:
“La Derive” by Dréa
Dréa was born in 1986 and lives in Vieux-Rosemont neighbourhood in Montréal City. Her academic career vacillates between the Arts and Archives. The fruit of this work is a combination of these two passions. The archives are the basis of her works, her main source of inspiration. With the collage, she builds new links to make the fragments of the cut images speak.
Over the years, Dréa has made herself known through her many exhibitions in Quebec’s micro-breweries and cafés such as Vice &Versa, Café Maelstrom, NYKS, 507, etc. She has a desire to make discover the world of the Arts to the public by exhibiting in these accessible places. After an Art residency in Peru, Dréa developed an interest in handmade plants paper. She began to manufacture and amalgamate papers with these works, which allowed her to enrich her plastic language and to seek freedom in the gesture as well as in the messages of her works. Thanks to a grant from Premiere Ovation, she developed a collection of original collages in which painting, drawing, archival documents, and handmade paper mingle.Her original collages have been exhibited in several art galleries such as La Galerie Berthelet, Les Trafiquants d’Art, 2112 and the Penticton Art Gallery.
New! Special Issue Call: Ecotopia: A Speculative Visual Art and Creative Writing Collaboration
Ecotopia is a themed and interdisciplinary collaborative art project that will be exhibited in a special issue online in 2023. Harpur Palate is looking for visual artists to respond to the following prompt: What does your environmentally sustainable dream community look like to you 500 years from now? Ideally, the works could convey an optimistic, yet realistic, speculation for the deep future, where humans coexist peacefully with the more-than-human world. Once three to five artworks have been selected for the online gallery, Harpur Palate will present a call for poetry and hybrid ekphrastic works inspired by the visual art. The goal is to foster a cross-disciplinary approach to discussions necessary when locating ourselves and our communities within the context of a pressing global issue, as we share a bright ethos of our futures, while embracing acceptable emotions and conversation norms like hope, excitement, and progress.
This open call for visual art will run until January 30. After this, Cole Depuy, editor of this special issue, will select a small number of visual art pieces to post on the Harpur Palate website to inspire a call for ekphrastic writing, which will run from February 15 to April 15. Please visit our Submit page to view the full special issue guidelines.