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Tom Thomson Shack Artist Residency: Alexa Kumiko Hatanaka

June 1 - October 31

Tom Thomson Shack Artist Residency: Alexa Kumiko Hatanaka

“Namazu”, washi patchwork

“Namazu”, washi patchwork (scraps collected over three years), printmaking, natural dye, ink, paper rice bags, (approx 70x128”), 2023 Installation view: Patel Brown Gallery. Photo credit: Jean-Michael Seminaro

June – October 2024

About the Exhibition

For the month of June, the McMichael will welcome Toronto-based artist Alexa Kumiko Hatanaka to the Tom Thomson Shack for an artist residency. During the residency, Hatanaka will use the shack where Thomson painted some of his most beloved canvases as her studio space, creating a new large-scale work that will remain on view until mid-October.

Hatanaka’s practice incorporates historical print and papermaking techniques and engages deeply with slow, land-based materials including natural dyes and washi, a Japanese paper made by hand using fibers from the inner bark of trees and shrubs.

The artist invites visitors to drop-in and learn more about her work in the Thomson Shack from 1 to 2pm, Thursdays and Fridays in June.

About Alexa Kumiko Hatanaka

Alexa Hatanaka is a visual artist working primarily in relief printmaking, textile and paper. She engages in time-intensive, historic processes that support her thinking around community-building, environment, and persisting and honouring evolving cultural practices, such as papermaking and kamiko, the Japanese practice of sewing garments out of konnyaku starch-strengthened washi (paper). Hatanaka draws upon her Japanese-Canadian heritage in the scope and spirit of craft heirlooms, solidarity, individual and communal grit, cultural hybridity, and social justice.

Hatanaka creates public artwork, installations and performance work with community, collaboratively, and engaging youth, which includes her work as founding member of Kinngait, Nunavut-based collective Kinngarni Katujjiqatigiit (2019-ongoing) and Embassy of Imagination (2014-2020). Hatanaka has exhibited at the Guanlan International Printmaking Base (Shenzen, China), The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada House (London, UK), the Toronto Biennial of Art, the British Museum (London, UK) and NADA House Art Fair (New York). She is represented by Patel Brown Gallery in Toronto.

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June 1
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