The Most Interesting Person in the World

Overtime: Time and 1/2

Posted on: February 28, 2011

Hello, come on in! Take your boots off, there are slippers upstairs.

Thanks for coming to my party. 12 women have taken over 12 walls in my apartment for 12 hours. Come into the kitchen for coffee, tea, wine, beer, pop, chips, cookies, chocolate, and soup home-made by Michelle with veggies and quinoa.

Aisha Khan's Art

But first, you’ll notice to the right of you a few paintings by the amazing Kimberley Dawkins, who also has a mannequin named Alice wearing a dress she made and her jewellery. Later she’ll be reading some of her poetry and selling her book, which she is stitching together right now. Go into the little room (where my temporary roommate usually sleeps) and it has been transformed by Rebecca Houston into an installation with two canoes hanging from the ceiling, lichen growing on the walls, with paintings of birds on the wall, artifacts from Canoe Lake in frames and on lichen, and more sculptures on books on shelves. In my kitchen the walls are alive with the bright paintings of Aisha Khan, in from Bombay with her skyline of Toronto, streetscape of New York, and 9 other unbelievable oil and acrylics.

On the way back, you’ll notice the panels on the wall of stunning jewellery hand-made by Irina Pertseva. Past that are three works on Zen themes by Caro Cloutier.

Clothing and Jewellery by Kimberley Dawkins; wood-working by Paula Coop

Clothing and Jewellery by Kimberley Dawkins; wood-working by Paula Coop

Here, in the big room (my workshop studio), Marissa O’Neil is standing beside her table of amazing Sea Flower Studio jewellery. A lot of it is inspired by nature, like this leaf-charm bracelet, or the nest-and-eggs necklace that got sold just before you got here. To the left of her table are the wood-workings made by Paula Coop–watch out, that one has a mouse trap on it! On the shelf  against that wall is a triptych and single of wood-burnings by Jen Leis, taken from black-and-white newspaper images of Britney Spears. Very Andy Warhol.

Michelle Chermaine's Art

And here — on the big wall facing the windows — are fantasty-inspired paintings by Michelle Ramos. I just love the bright, colourful, swirling backgrounds. She’s also a writer and has a lot to say about each of her works, so stick around and talk to her about it.

These earrings are made by Janet Cordahi, the queen of motion graphics, out of origami stars she created. Aren’t they cute? And Amanda Warren made these feather-adorned jewellery. Oh, and here are markers and pens, please write all over my wall!

Jewelry by Irina Pertseva

And you must stick around for the performances! I already put on my one-woman show, The Laurentina Show, where I slept in an igloo and brought my daughter to work at the Improv Factory, and later I’ll be leading some improv exercises, where everyone asks the question, “Where have my fingers been?” Shlomit Kriger is reading her own poetry, as well as reading from her compilation Marking Humanity: Stories, Poems & Essays by Holocaust Survivors, and discussing the process of making the book. Her books are for sale as well.

Rebecca Houston bringing nature indoors

The night-time performances were out of this world. Virpi Kettu and Willow Rutherford played violin and accordian, respectively, to their original songs (“Worm in an Apple” is still in my head). Virpi screened some of her work, including animation she made for a music video. I loved the one about a broken heart that she and Willow improvised music to. And just to oblige her demanding crowd, she showed us the Radiohead music video she created for “There There.” It’s so amazing that she lives in my neighbourhood.

Then Janet screened some of my videos, including a pre-screening of “Coming Out,” which is only now online (and my parents haven’t seen yet.) Then she showed us some of her motion graphics creations, including the opening sequence to the imaginary film “Tangible Reverie,” and the CMYK short that elicited cries of, “Again! Again!”

Finally, Cassandra Witteman, the performance artist, bared her soul (and her body) to the accompaniment of a zither, soundboard, and bowl and pestle. The improvised piece was a captivating, vulnerable, and haunting representation of life and drowning. Cassandra graciously took questions after the performance.

One of my favourite comments of the day:

Animator and Performer Virpi Kettu

“I’m at an art opening, carrying my glass of wine, wearing my nicest jacket… and yet I’m in my socks. I love it.”

I’m so glad you could come! I hope you return for my next party. March 13 I’m hosting a fund-raising concert for Sketch called Sketchfest, followed by Theatre for Change with Naomi Tessler. To find out about that, my weekly improv classes, my bi-weekly variety shows, and other news, events, and online videos, sign up for my e-newsletter!

See you again soon!

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