A trip to Janaki Larsen’s studio today, for her annual spring pop-up in Van. Next door to The Wild Bunch, Larsen’s atelier is truly magical. Textiles, ceramics, paintings, found objects spun into whimsical creations. All muted, earthy, understated palettes. The smell of soil and moss, fibre and wood, salt water - everything about her and the artists she works with speaks of a quiet humility and grace. Janaki is down-to-earth and warm. Her mother, Patricia Larsen and I talked animatedly about Oaxaca, while I fingered the impossibly soft homespun linen I held in my hands. I walked out of there with 2 shallow ceramic bowls, partially glazed in milky, dun tones, like rabbits, gorgeous in their imperfection. I’m officially on bread and water rations for the next few weeks - fukkit, no regrets. Super grateful for the diverse community of artists I live amidst in this city.
Workshopping ‘Galatea' by John Lyly. This late 16th century play influenced dudes like Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, and is the first known play in the English canon to feature an openly lesbian love affair. The project is a partnership with UBC, SFU and Bard on the Beach. We’re honoured to present this staged reading outdoors, at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Amphitheatre, as part of the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at UBC.
**Happy Mother’s Day to all the hot mama’s I know and love. You all inspire me, big time.**