Studio Visit with Holly Chang and Jenna Reid
Join Guest Programmer Jenna Reid as she goes on a virtual tour of artist Holly Chang’s studio.
Holly Chang is a Toronto based artist working within the mediums of photography, natural dyeing, textiles and quilting. She is currently completing her MA in Communication and Culture at *X University/York University. Chang, as a second-generation Chinese Canadian, maintains cultural ties with her cross-cultural identity and draws on her hybrid background for inspiration. Her textiles engage her natural dyeing practice, which utilizes plants and roots which are often foraged. Combining her textile and quilting practice with photography, Chang aims to explore limitations of each medium and how their amalgamation can create new meanings.
Jenna Reid (she/her) is the current Artistic Director at Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture. Jenna is a fibre artist who works primarily with the practices of quilting and natural dyes as a way to engage with activist based aesthetics. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall of 2020, she worked alongside prominent social movements in Toronto creating large scale banners and pennants to creatively activate messages for racial justice and radical change.
Jenna has completed a residency on Toronto Island with the Feminist Art Conference, and has exhibited her work and presented on panels in Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia. Her studio work explores inter-institutional violence informed by the histories of queer, feminist, Deaf, disability, and mad movement organizing. With a studio-based PhD in Critical Disability Studies at York University, Jenna’s teaching and research specializes in the emergent field of Mad Studies. Jenna has published in The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Canadian Art, Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Policy, and Practice, Journal of Progressive Human Services, and Studies in Social Justice.