My design practice centres on the analysis of communication through polysemy, semiotics, pictograms, and typography and how they can provide solutions for better-informed design and comprehension relating to culturally diverse participants. I continually strive to be proactive in empowering future students/citizens; and I am enthusiastic in exploiting interdisciplinary approaches to address a range of social, economic, and environmental issues.My design practice harnesses polysemy, semiotics, pictograms, and typography to produce solutions for better-informed design and communication, thereby fostering comprehension amongst culturally diverse participants. I am a proponent of using the vernacular to utilize what is available in one's environment to solve problems locally. Using what we have around us promotes sustainable thinking and living, empowering us all to take an active approach to improving our lives. As an educator, I strive to empower my students by introducing interdisciplinary approaches that address a range of social, economic, and environmental issues.
Art and Fishing
For me, making art is a bit like fishing. You try different baits/materials and offer up different types of presentations until you succeed at the desired goal. Both involve aspects of searching into a murky depth, and both require a certain amount of sensitivity. I suppose the main difference is that fishing relies a bit less on a sense of sight and more heavily on touch, especially when the fishing is slow rather than aggressive. I think that in both activities I am attracted to an aspect of mystery, of what will appear from those murky depths. Quite often when I am fishing, and the fishing is slow, I think about making art. When I am making art, I quite often think about fishing.
Craig Cote 2017
Art can be perceived in so many different ways, and I am more interested about the feeling the audience gets from what I do rather than any other aspect of what my art may do. I am an expressive artist, but have a talent at the technical. I try to seek balance and keep an open mind when it comes to executing any of my pieces or designs. Pushing any boundaries in digital or fine art has always been fascinating to me, and experimentation is always present in the process of any of my compositions.
My name is Amber Clowe. I came to Medicine Hat College from the hamlet of Suffield, Alberta, though I'm originally from Chilliwack, British Columbia. I consider myself to be a designer, photographer, and overall artist. Although I enjoy the fine arts, my true passion lies in finding ways of incorporating fine arts, such as painting or drawing, with photography and design. I believe that inspiration can be found in anything, because there is a composition within everything, and I try to exploit this within most of my work. Upon leaving the program, I hope to incorporate this belief into my work further, as I hope to continue working in the graphic design field.
I am a graphic designer, painter, printmaker, creator, and ultimately a mess maker. First, I look for the rules and the limits, lay out my grids and guidelines, and then I push them to their limits. Language, and the way people's’ words impact me and make me feel things, are what drive me to do what I do. I am inspired by great graphic designers and successful women because I want to be both of these things one day.
My time in the Visual Communications program has helped me discover a passion for painting. The intention of my work is to stimulate a sense of disconnection from the outside world through abstraction and surrealism.
I am a creator, a problem solver, and a major psycho perfector - or just a fine artist and graphic designer. When working in painting or drawing, I am a detailed realist, but in layouts and logos, a meticulous minimalist. Always being sure to observe the tiniest of details as they are what make up the bigger picture.
Who am I? Well, that’s a tough question to answer. It’s hard to say because I am always in a constant state of change. In the past, I was a vandal running the streets at night with a can of spray paint, hoping that people would see my name as they passed the surface I had just tagged. As I have aged the desire for people to see my name has instead evolved into the desire for people to remember my name. With this new sense of passion to be remembered, the activities I involved myself in evolved as well. I traded in a spray can for a paint brush and the random surfaces for a more contained, legal canvas. I am now an artist, and not just a rebel.
After I graduated high school in 2009 from a small town in Saskatchewan, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I ended up working for the city as a Zamboni driver and then progressed onto the maintenance crew. Once I decided I wanted to learn graphic design I joined the Visual Communications program. After the program has ended I plan to take a gunsmith course that will allow me to design & build for firearm dealers in the future.
What was the last moment that left you in awe? I am passionate about capturing the moments that take your breath away. My goal is to inspire people to notice the small and subtle details of life. I use a combination of photography, videography, and web design to express my creative vision.
I am always looking to be inspired and to inspire others in life. I believe this is why I found my love for photography at such a young age. I am someone who enjoys exploring and through my lens I can do that in many ways. My main goal once I graduate is to open my own photography business.
There are endless ideas to explore in art, so when I’m not working I am doodling. Illustration and painting is what I love to do, and I find inspiration from nature and people. If my art intrigues your imagination and makes you think, then I’ll be happy.
My creative practice is grounded in the act of experimentation and process. I draw inspiration from everything around me. It is an extension of my philosophy on life; I live my life with intention, mindfulness, openness and a questioning perspective. I create in the same way. Every experience is an opportunity for learning, and therefore creation. My Piece Our minds are the bridge between consciousness and physical reality.
Fawn de Nysschen
I am interested living a day to day kind of life. I am a multi-disciplinary fine artist and designer that sees the renewed hope that is in the practice of being faithful to the process. What interests me is the practice of building what God has cemented in my life to be a foundation for who He is going to be in me for the future. I believe that knowing what you do, and who you are, has to go hand in hand for you to be successful. I would like the end result of whatever it is that I do in life to inspire and motivate people to whole-heartedly chase after their own passions.
Sabrina Di Marco
I have always been fascinated with children’s books; especially from their illustrations. I find they are a good source of inspiration, works such as Chris Riddell, Fiona Staples, and Marguerite Sauvage. Each of these illustrators have influenced my growth as an artist. When I graduate I wish to pursue a career in design or illustration.
I am an artist-designer from a family of oddballs and independents. When I’m not drawing or painting, I’ll be geeking. I also love exploring traditional media and draw much of my inspiration from historical research and fiction. My ideal career would be in illustration or conceptual art development.
People are generally my area of interest. I find that exploring our own obsessive behaviours and thought patterns has always provided a further need for insight. We all struggle with being authentic versions of ourselves and I find that this struggle creates an intriguing application for art and design.
I am a builder, two-dimensional manipulator, and educator. I seek out opportunities to experiment with new materials, and methods; my investigations often result in the melding of mediums, the result of which is a diverse set of skills and an eclectic catalogue of work.
I have loved art all my life and spent most of my time drawing, painting and sculpting since I was young. I find inspiration in the oddest places most of the time by keeping an open mind to everything. My goal in leaving this program is to continue my education, though not necessarily returning to school immediately, but instead pursuing work involving theatre, and then seeing where life takes me.
My name is Riley Groom, Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the world of art, what started out as doodling in grade two, has become somewhat of a lifestyle for me as an adult. Before I knew it, art began to hold a stronger meaning in my life, it has always captivated my interests, leaving only a sense of direction for me in the future.
I am an illustrative artist who mainly likes working with paint and graphite pencils. The inspiration for my art comes from various interests of mine such as history, mythology, and media forms such as movies, TV and Video Games. My hope after I finish the Visual Communications program is to work as a graphic designer or an illustrator.
Art is a form of self-discovery, a way for people to challenge themselves, see what they are capable of, or to see what response they can get from others. Over the last three years I have matured as an artist and young adult, and all of my artwork created along the way has only served that process. Art will always be there for me in the future as I push myself further into discovering who I am.
I am a third year student of the Visual Communications program in Medicine Hat. I am originally from South Korea, and have worked there as a video editor for 3 years. As a body of work I am mostly interested in video editing, motion graphics, and graphic design. My works are usually narrative, joyful, and sarcastic because I like sharing expression through the use of humor.
你好！My name is Siyuan Huang. Often my name is too difficult to pronounce and I just go by Sylar. I am originally from China and moved to Canada to get out of my comfort zone, because I felt lost under my parents’ protection. It is now my plan to work as a photographer in Canada.
I was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta. I have traveled to many places and hope to continue to do so while documenting my travels, telling the stories behind the images I take and sharing them with the world. I graduated in 2007 from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and I obtained a certificate in Office Technology and a certificate in Unit Clerk from Medicine Hat College in 2010.