Emerge Portraits

Madeline Hildebrandt

Madeline Hildebrandt is an Abbotsford-based artist whose studio practice includes painting, drawing, and sculpture. Across a variety of media, her practice is bound together by her interest in process—the act of making itself—often using highly repetitive processes. Like many people today, Hildebrandt struggles with anxiety. For her, incorporating gestures of repetition into her artistic practice allows her to access a meditative state of mind that supersedes her anxiety-ridden thoughts and aids her progression in healing. Hildebrandt’s recent series of gouache paintings, Pixelated Pathways, presents multitudes of pixel-like shapes that link together to form seemingly endless ‘pathways’ through gradient colour transitions. Stimulating visual progressions unfold along chains of tones and hues that recall classic forms of pop entertainment such as retro arcade games.

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Lynden Chan

Lynden Chan is a Vancouver-based artist with a background in painting, who is inspired in part by the temporary aspects of humanity and the environment. Through his recent series, Highway Interchanges, Chan examines the local highway interchange patterns of Highway 1 through the BC Lower Mainland. Both satellite and drone technologies can be credited to the creation and evolution of the current state of online maps, such as Google Maps. Today’s society has become heavily subservient to these high-tech solutions, in order to maintain a network of consistently accurate and accessible data on commuter schedules and traffic disruptions.

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Ketty Zhang

Fraser Valley-based artist Ketty Zhang explores her own experience with cross-cultural identity and the challenges of being a “1.5 generation” immigrant: someone who settles in a new country when they are still a child or young adult. Zhang’s project is comprised of performance and ritual that are documented as intimate self-portraits, in which she explores diaspora and millennial cultural identity in two related bodies of work: (True) Colours and Therapy. In both bodies of work, Zhang uses art as a healing process and as a way to work through the difficult experiences she encountered as a young immigrant, as well as a way to preserve her traditional Chinese heritage.

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Kendra Schellenberg

Abbotsford-based artist Kendra Schellenberg explores the relationship between womanhood and beauty —and the consequences of that relationship— in two related bodies of work, entitled Object Spaces and BoxBodies. In both series, Schellenberg considers the connection between the body and identity specifically in relation to femininity and womanhood, and the ways that the interaction between the idealized body and objectification impacts the development of the self.

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Jacquelyn Miller

What types of work do you most enjoying doing?

“I enjoy exploring different aspects of the mind.  I utilize photography, painting and drawing to depict the conscious and unconscious mind. Using differing materials, I can best express what I am intending the viewer to experience.

I incorporate aspects of Psychology into my art practice, as it is such a grand and expansive field. For instance, in some of my work, I integrate the juxtaposition of crisp and blurry images, to investigate notions of memory. What I find fascinating is that there are still things being discovered and studied when it comes to the mind and its relationship to the body. Studying the mind is a vital part of society as we can delve into the unknown of others and of ourselves. It gives us a better understanding of how we operate.”

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About Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn Miller is graduating in Fall 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design with a minor in Special Education. Miller currently lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Miller enjoys many facets of art including: photography, painting, drawing, clay sculpture, intaglio printmaking, metal sculpture and wood carving. 



Kendra Anderson

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

“The best advice I have been given is by far from my mom. She has told me time and time again to be fearless and do what makes me happy. I struggled for a while trying to figure out what direction I wanted my life to go in and what my career would one day be. After every risk and failure, my mom has always been there pushing me to work harder and to keep going. This, in the end, has helped me realize my love for art and art history, I’ve never felt more inspired and driven to work towards a career in curating and gallery directing and I can thank my mom for that!”

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Kendra Anderson is an aspiring artist and curator, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Arts and Art History at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is currently interning at The Reach Gallery Museum through UFV and curating two shows for the Emerge program.  Her art practice involves installation based sculpture and is currently learning the art of printmaking. She is inspired by a range of artists such as Janine Antoni, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol.

Joy Kinna

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

“One of the most memorable responses I have had to my work was at a local coffee shop. My work was hung last year at The Watershed Arts Café.  The series I hung was bright, colourful and vibrant.  I remember the staff coming up to me throughout the month that it was hung and said that it had impacted their space as they were working.  They found that it lightened their mood, and created an enjoyable work experience. The power of art is that it transforms space.  It evokes feeling and emotion within us.”

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Joy Kinna is an Emerging Artist from Langley BC and is currently completing a Bachelor Degree in Art + Design at Trinity Western University. Her work is primarily made up of abstract paintings, as well as minimal drawings; working with mediums such as; acrylic, pastel, and graphite. Her work is predominantly process driven, a mix of conscious and unconscious decisions. She is inspired by artists such as: Agnes Martin, Heather Day, Cy Twombly, and Pius Fox.








Kristin Voth

How has your art practice changed over time?

“As time passes, I find that my art-making process has become slower and looser. For many years my work was hindered by an overcommitment to perfectionism that tended to leave me with work that felt flat and constrained. I’ve found greater freedom in my art-making process by incorporating loose, multi-media mark marking. I also choose processes that open the door for “happy accidents” such as drips or tears in layered paper, flaws that ultimately enrich the painted surface. I challenge myself to work slowly in many thin layers with water and medium so as to make my process visible. This helps me to enter into paintings slowly, lovingly and meditatively.”

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Kristin is a mixed-media artist who gravitates towards overlooked things, like moss growing from the cracks in the sidewalk or the universally familiar faces in family photo albums. Some themes addressed by her artwork include recollection, alienation, and promise. On the side, Kristin writes for a nonprofit and teaches art to children in community programs. Kristin’s work is deeply informed by her study of English literature and theology. She brings her love of art and literature together with the Open Book Art Collective, an art-collective/book-club hybrid that creates dialogue between literature and art objects.







Jessica Peatman

How has your art practice changed over time?

“In the past, the conceptual meanings behind what I was creating attempted to be indirect from my personal life and self. 

By confronting myself and involving my own experience to be reflected, I was able to visualize my feelings and create work that felt honest. Through this process I have learned a great deal about my identity, my place in society, and the impact of my actions. Also, learning the various methods and techniques of traditional printmaking deeply affects the way I approach making art. Digital processes have significantly impacted the way myself and many artists create. Printmaking offers me the chance to cherish and preserve handmade practices, as well as to produce work that embraces nuance, variance and imperfection.”

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Jessica Peatman grew up in Langley and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts this past June at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is currently undergoing a self-directed study in printmaking to further advance her skills within the medium. In her artwork she embraces a sensibility associated with childhood to express variations of loneliness, fear and uncertainty. Her work reflects moments of understanding within her experience that transition from innocence and naivety to skepticism. The works displayed for this current exhibition are part of her series Reconstructed Recollections which were created for Peatman’s final undergraduate project.



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Amanda Vergara

What is your dream project?

“My dream project would be to travel around the world and learn the different styles of art within each culture.I enjoy working with people as the subject as opposed to landscape. I would love to document and photograph it all and gather inspiration throughout my travels.”

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Amanda is an emerging artist currently enrolled in the Fine Arts program at the University of the Fraser Valley. Her main goal is to create a connection with viewers on a personal level, who may have similar experiences, but also to the general public who may relate to the work on various levels. Much of her work engages with the audience, eliciting emotional reactions.The mediums Amanda commonly uses are photography, painting, sculpture, and extended media.





Andrew Booth

What sort of themes do you pursue?

“I have an obsession with the ether—things that aren’t fully formed or slightly transparent. Essentially, I’m drawn towards things that aren’t easy to understand. Drawing inspiration from my first loves of black and white portrait photography and the abstract expressionist movement, the bulk of my work consists of variations of veristic portraits with smeared, or missing, facial features.

A common theme I follow involves a somewhat dry realism—one in which shows the person portrayed as he or she really is, without idealizing tendencies. The subjects depict a sense of stillness and pensiveness. I use a heavier application of oil paint to create obscure, almost shape-shifting, imagery.”

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Andrew Booth is a self-taught abstract figurative and landscape artist, working primarily in oils, born and raised in Abbotsford, BC.  Andrew’s work has been included in various installations and exhibitions in Vancouver. Andrew currently resides in Abbotsford.