Olga Abeleva and Marita Michaelis
Malaspina Printmakers is pleased to present artist talks by our summer Scholarship Residents, Olga Abeleva and Marita Michaelis, who will also be showing some of the works that they have produced during their residencies. Please join us in the gallery on Sunday, August 21. The first talk will begin at 2pm and the second talk will begin at 3pm, with question periods after each talk; the order of presentation will be announced soon.
Olga Abeleva investigates a future world where cultural traditions are no longer preserved through tangible artifacts. A newspaper and a set of instructional drawings attempt to resurrect rituals and traditions that have dissolved in a global state of cultural amnesia, propelled by technology’s mandate to “live in the moment”. A group of romantics and digital archaeologists employ anachronistic printmaking processes to assemble visions of past cultures, when all they have to work with is digital scraps of artifacts.
Olga Abeleva is a student at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She was recently on exchange at the Universitat der Kunst, Berlin. Her work has been exhibited in Berlin, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Vancouver.
During her residency, Marita Michaelis has been grappling with the guilt that comes from producing material objects in a world full of garbage. Especially in Vancouver, where space is limited and coveted, we wonder how we can continue to create and produce items while constantly under the dread and stress of being bogged down by our belongings. She has been working on posters and textile prints, drawing patterns that can repeat and go on forever and ever. Pulling from her own relation to material goods and iconic characters, her work deals with universal and private emotions, sentiments of resistance and her love of objects and images.
Marita Michaelis is a student at Langara College, studying Library and Information Technology. She learned printmaking at the Purple Thistle Centre in Vancouver. Her print work includes posters, comics, and zines, and is informed by her work as an activist and organizer.