Born in Vancouver, Canada, my work encompasses a range of media, following idea threads and cross contaminating connections. I love learning new materials, facinated by systems of knowledge and ways of incorporating them into my art practice. My work includes painting, performance art, writing, drawing, textile, metals, installation and mixed media work. I draw deeply upon ongoing studies of literature, philosophy, history, spirituality and science.
I have exhibited in Canada, the USA, Europe and Australia, including New York's Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Canada. It appears in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada and TBC Bank collection in Tbilisi, Georgia.
When not making art or reading, I engage in cooking and eating good food, walking long distances and cloudgazing.
Her work has been written about in:
- "Performance Art in Canada, 1970-1990", ed. Clive Robertson & Alain-Martin Robert
- "Caught in the Act an Anthology of Performance Art by Women", essay by Nelson Henricks, ed. Tanya Mars & Joanna Householder
- "Alberta Art and Artists, an Overview" by Mary-Beth Laviolette & Patricia Ainslie
- Numerous articles and reviews in national and international media.
Glenbow Museum, embroidery, Calgary, Canada, 2018
National Parlliamentary Library of Georgia, painting, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2016
City of Mtskheta, painting, Mtskheta, Georgia, 2016
National Museum of Georgia, painting, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2015
City of Mtskheta, painting, Mtskheta, Georgia, 2015
Selected Group Exhibitions
Integrate Arts Festival, painting, IAF Headquarters, Victoria, Canada, 2014
Made in Calgary: The Nineties, video, Glenbow Museum/Calgary Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 2014
Pride Exhibition, embroidery, Medrona Gallery, Victoria, Canada, 2012
Role, embroidered mixed media, Stride Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 2011
Local Works, painting, Biggar Art Gallery & Museum, Biggar, Canada, 1999
A Duchampian Look at the Glenbow’s Art Collection, assemblage, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, 1997
Technology as Art II, Tableaux Vivants video installation, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 1997
ckmd preformed, multimedia collaboration with Mark Dicey, Truck Artist run Centre, Calgary, Canada, 1994
New Canadian Video, “Chrysalis” video, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, 1994
11e Festival International du Film 8 et Video, video, Brussels, Belgium, 1992
Recent Acquisitions, “A Pack of Lies” video, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 1989
Women Looking: Creating Feminine Spaces, video, Toronto, Canada, 1987
Tableaux Vivants: Vancouver, video installation, Video In, Vancouver, Canada, 1998
Book of Shadows, video premiere, Stride Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 1994
Selini, assemblage, Muttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 1991
The Journey, installation/performance, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 1989
The Mythanthropist, drawing, Truck Artist Run Centre, Calgary, Canada, 1987
Selected Performance Art
Stockholm Slave, solo endurance performance, Calgary/Victoria/Vancouver Canada, 1999-2011
Explaining Cosmology to a Live Chicken & Explaining Genetics to a Dead Salmon, solo, Maenad Theatre’s Femfest, Calgary, Canada, 1997
ckmd: Preformed, ckmd on the air, ckmd on the move, and more, with Mark Dicey, Truck Artist run Centre, CJSW FM, The Night Gallery, ACAD, Bridgeland Community Centre, Calgary, 1994-1995
Spitting Nickels, solo, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada, 1994
Mz. Frankenstein, with Tanya Mars & Sandra Vida, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 1992
Feedback and Forth/Life is Strange! More to Follow, Collaborative/solo performance residency, curated/contributor, M. Vanci Stirnemann. Helmhaus Public Gallery; Radio LoRa, Zurich, Switzerland, Kultursagi Art Centre, Winterthur, Switzerland, Galerie Theuretzbacher, Vienna, Kunstvereinhorn, Horn, Austria, 1991
The Journey, solo, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 1989
Niagara, solo, The Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, Canada, 1988
Professional Consultation & Teaching
Committee Member, on various programming, planning and volunteer committees at The New Gallery, emmedia, Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Truck Artist Run Centre, Calgary, Canada, 1985 - 1999.
Mentor, Women’s Art Mentoring Program, The New Gallery and Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada, 1997
Juror, Canada Council Video Production, 1991 & 1992
Curator, “The Influences of Maya Deren”, Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Calgary, Canada, 1996
Curator, “Night Vision”, with Grant Poier, Olympic Plaza, Calgary, Canada, 1994
Coordinator/Instructor, Basic Video/TV Production Training Program, for volunteers of Rogers/Shaw Cable 10, Calgary, Canada, 1993 - 1995
Board Member, emmedia, Calgary, Canada, 1987 & 1992
Curator, The Window Project, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 1990
Instructor, Performance Art/Video Art workshops, emmedia, Calgary, Video Verite, Saskatoon, Video Pool, Winnipeg, 1987 - 1992
A Perfect Match: TBC Bank and International Festival for Painters, Lomadze, Maka, Georgia Today, June 2, 2016.
Alberta Arts and Artists: An Overview, Ainslie, Patricia and LaViolette, Mary-Beth, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Canada, 2007.
Gray Matter, Henricks, Nelson. For Caught in the Act, a collection of essays about Canadian Women artists, Mars, T. and Householder, J. ed., YYZ books, Toronto, Canada, 2004.
ckmd preformed, Viner, Jeff, catalogue, Truck Gallery, Calgary, Canada, 1995
L’Unite dans le deconstruction, Carriere, Daniel, Le Devoir, May 30, 1992
FeedBack and Forth/Life is Strange!More to Follow:, Stirnemann, M.V., and Schick, C., ed., collaborative artist book/catalogue, Zurich Switzerland, 1992
Performance Art in Canada 1970-1990, ed. Richard, Alain-Michel and Robertson, Clive, Québec: Les Éditions Intervention and Coach House Press, 1991
Garneau, D. and Cousins C.K., Interview re: The Journey, CJSW Radio, Calgary, Canada, February 10, 1989
Nickel Arts Display Shows Growth of Local Artists, Tousley, N., Calgary Herald, re:Elemental Instincts Exhibition. Review, October 30. 1988
Georg, A., One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure, re: Colleen Kerr’s found art assemblages, The Homestretch, CBC AM radio, Calgary, Canada, September, 1988.
Awards & Honours
Canada Council Video Production Grant, 1989
Canada Council Video Production Grant, 1988
The Alberta College of Art and Design
The Alberta Art Foundation
The Glenbow Museum
The National Gallery of Canada
The City of Mtskheta, Georgia
TBC Bank, Tbilisi, Georgia
Diverse private collections worldwide