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AYYA MYRA is an exhibition about waste, worship, freneticism, the icon and dissent. Kai Bay and Jasper van Alderwegen’s work combine to create a vernacular of symbols and motifs that speak to mythology and theism as much as graffiti and vandalism.
Jasper van Alderwegen is a painter/multimedia artist born and raised in Victoria, currently pursuing an honours BFA in visual arts at UVic. Their work explores the theme of the icon from a naive or childish perspective, inspired by their experience of derealization in a post concussive delirium. The perspective this experience offered, although unpleasant, provided Jasper with a unique view of the world that is translated and reflected on in their work. This perspective is shown through a mythology of symbols and images of notable places encountered during this bout of derealization, referencing both ancient myth and personal experience.
Kai Bay is a multimedia artist, currently living in Victoria, BC. Their work is based in fluidly unconfined and simultaneous multimedia, resulting primarily in animation. The nature of their process is a slow form of play, with experimentation and the accentuation of extreme features being fundamental traits. The narratives present in the work are inspired by brief, but vivid internal flashes of salient imagery, which are evocative distortions of internal/external experience, generally relating to negatively obstructive/obsessive content.
the fifty fifty arts collective is comprised of individuals living and working on unceded and occupied First Nations Territories, specifically the lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ, Sc'ianew and T'Souke First Nations.
The programming space itself is situated on Songhees and Esquimalt Territory but engages with individuals and communities across Turtle Island.
As a collective we endeavour to deepen our own understandings of how we are implicated in the history and in the present ongoing project of settler colonialism. As members of the fifty fifty arts collective we continually responsibilize ourselves to the complex kind of space that is the fifty fifty which hosts and facilitates the dissemination of the ideas and work of others.
The entrance to the fifty fifty arts collective is wheelchair accessible, however the door is not automatic and we have no washrooms on site. A more comprehensive statement regarding our accessibility is in progress, specific questions or requests regarding accessibility can be sent to [email protected]