Emma Aurelia, Shelbey Dodds, Amy Duval, Brianna Gluszak, Avis Yu Han Ho, and Jared Last

Curated by Emma Piirtoniemi

January 18 – June 2, 2019

East Vitrines



Reception: Friday, January 25 from 7-10pm

“skew-whiff”  adjective [ after verb ] uk ​ /ˌskjuːˈwɪf/ us ​ /ˌskjuːˈwɪf/ UK informal. sloping instead of straight, or wrongly positioned: You’ve got your hat on skew-whiff. Bending, twisting and curving.

– Cambridge Dictionary

The term “skew-whiff” refers to the notion of things being off balance; a lighthearted description of the dishevelment that invariably comes with much of life. As a premise for making and exhibiting art, skewed perspectives and unconventionality in regard to concept, material, or process, present a stimulating platform for exploration. With this in mind, the participating artists, all Artists-in-Residence in the Craft & Design Studio at Harbourfront Centre, experimented with their respective artistic vocabularies to produce new modes and methods of making. The resulting works reflect their questioning, research, and insightful observations as they investigated ideas such as purpose (or lack thereof), perception, distortion, patterns, and relationships. The works deliver perceptive, playful metaphors and meditations on contemporary, mashed-up, skew-whiff culture.

– Emma Piirtoniemi, Curator

This exhibition is part of the DesignTO Festival (January 18-27, 2019).


Emma Aurelia is an emerging multi-media installation artist based in Toronto. With textiles at the forefront, her practice extends in several other directions incorporating sound, video, performance and motors. Her work investigates themes of ephemera, liminality and transition. She aims to articulate transformative relationships between material, environment and personal identity. Emma explores the way that these elements interact, transforming space and experience. Following her graduation from OCAD University with a BFA specializing in textiles, she was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre in 2017.


Shelbey Dodds is a contemporary jeweller based in Toronto. In 2015, she completed her BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing at NSCAD University, followed by a nine-month residency in 2016 at the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia in Halifax, NS. She has participated in several exhibitions nationally and internationally, and has been awarded grants by Arts Nova Scotia and the Ontario Arts Council. Her jewellery collections are influenced by the architecture, colour, and pattern observed throughout her travels. Shelbey was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence (Metal) at Harbourfront Centre in 2017.


Born and raised in North Vancouver, Amy Duval completed her BFA at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2017. Initially interested in painting, she eventually transitioned into working primarily with clay in the third year of her BFA. Amy is currently focused on sculptural and installation-based work that merges her interests in painting, drawing, and ceramics, while exploring various building techniques, including slip casting and wheel throwing. By creating site specific works, Amy hopes to deepen her understanding of how she interacts with the world, and the role she plays in contemporary society as a maker.


Brianna Gluszak is a sculptor working primarily in the medium of glass. Her work utilizes the act of observation, relationships, and formal investigations, allowing the viewer a meditative space that urges them to escape from the mundanity of everyday life. Brianna received a BFA with distinction in glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2016. She has travelled to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art on Bornholm and Starworks Center for Creative Enterprise in North Carolina. Brianna recently became an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre in 2018.


Avis Yu Han Ho was born and raised in Taiwan and moved to Canada in 2010. Her experience living in different countries influences her perception of the world. Her fascination with discovering the alternative aspects of reality has lead to wanderlust, exploring the space between being and non-being. Her works involve transforming abstracts into intangible experiences, embodied within tactile physical existences: often a simple form smoothly blended with subtle details. She would like to invite and share with audiences the joy of looking into the details and the hidden worlds behind the physical, verbal, and tangible. Avis received her BFA from OCAD University, majoring in Material Art and Design and  was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre in 2017.


Jared Last is a Toronto-based artist who holds a BFA in Glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design where he graduated with distinction in 2016. He has received numerous scholarships throughout his career, and had the opportunity to study at the Corning Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School. Jared’s work combines his interest in colour, pattern, architecture and the optical properties of glass to create functional and sculptural works that invite investigation. He subverts the traditions of the vessel and glass as a primarily functional medium while emphasizing the subtle phenomena unique to the material.

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