Women & Identity Virtual Residency
April 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010

As an Artist-in-Residence, each woman is given a home at our site
Each artist creates her own profile and updates her blog with images or other media.
The residency offers the opportunity for collaborative feedback and discussion creating a
virtual community.


Shirley Parker-Benjamin

I am a visual artist/ writer/playwright/poet. My primary art form is mixed-media, assemblage, and installation.

My art is informed by my life as a woman. The creative process is ever evolving as new roles are added, daughter, sister, wife, mother and my most recent role as grandmother.

As an artist, I envisage myself as a VISUAL GRIOT, capturing the experiences of women in every facet of their lives. The role of Griot extends to being a lineage holder for my family archiving the lives of my people and preserving the stories. To this end, my latest work-in progress is a mixed media art book examining the pictorial stories of those who are now ancestors.

Ezili Arts is a cultural arts center focusing on the contemporary arts of Africa and the African Diaspora and the interconnection to traditional African religions.

Shirley Parker-Benjamin's Blog


Carol Robinson

Sound is the source. Would I write the music I write, or play the way I play if I had not lived the life I have lived? Being a woman along that path has no doubt been a determining factor, but never the focus. There has always been too much to do, explore, exchange, experience. Yet there is something profoundly feminine in what I do, and I am comfortable with it.


Carol Robinson's Blog


Suzanne Thorpe

I identify myself as a woman who is also an artist, the fact of which allows me to express a particular point of view and perspective in my work. My advocacy for women in the arts involves creating platforms for expression and sharing my knowledge and experience to young women through educational programs. I have recently launched an Electronic Music for Girls Workshop that I look forward to developing further. I believe through example and education we can encourage more woman/girls to participate in fields of technology and expression, as their voices are much needed!

Suzanne Thorpe's Blog


Mia Zabelka

As a composer and performer of improvised, experimental and electro-acoustic music she has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the instrument using live electronic effects and innovative performance techniques.

She studied music and composition with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Dieter Kaufmann, Kurt Schwertsik and Alexander Arenkov in Vienna, creating a foundation on the basis of which she continues to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own. The violin, voice and her own body transform into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive.

As a pioneer of electro-acoustic performance and composition in Austria, Mia Zabelka developed the process she describes as automatic playing, continuously exploring sound and music as physical phenomena, always pushing back the boundaries in radical and provocative performances and compositions that question established notions and given structures.

She has given concerts and performances throughout Europe, America and the former USSR. Recipient of numerous prizes and awards, she was a guest of the DAAD's (German Academic Exchange Service's) international artists' programme in Berlin and the Fulbright Commission in New York.

Mia Zabelka's Blog


Beatriz Ferreyra

Born in Córdoba 1937 , Argentina. Studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger (1962), Edgardo Canton (G.R.M., France - R.A.I, Italie 1963). She worked with the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (G.R.M.), under the leadership of Pierre Schaeffer (1963-70) where she participated to the realisation of records from « Solfège de l’Objet Sonore » by Pierre Schaeffer (1967). She had an educational function during the G.R.M. training periods . She gave lectures at the courses of National Conservatory of Music in Paris. Has been in charge of the inter-learning subjects seminaries from Research Department.. Member of the « Collège des Compositeurs » (IMEB 1975) She is regulary member at international jurys for electroacoustic music, had commissions for concerts and festivals particularly from de french Gouvernement, G.R.M., I.M.E.B , A.C.I.C. etc. , had international awards (Filkingen, Russoli, Magistère de Bourges’ Competition 2000, etc.) and composes for concerts, festivals, ballets, musicotherapy and films

I am a acousmatic composer. This means that I work with registred sounds that I create for a composition. I worked with tape recordings and now with computer. I have some articules about my music in the musci magazine on line Asymmetry, and Musiques & Recherche, link : http://www.musiques-recherches.be/agenda_event.php?lng=fr&id=589

Beatriz Ferreyra's Blog


Julia White

I am a sculptor, primarily. Currently I am welding up steel armatures reminiscent of vines, trees and root systems that are wrapped with yarns, cordage and twines. They speak to the presence of the divine source within, the mysterious inner nature of the phenomenal world. I am working on a series of these colourfully-wrapped pieces, both large, free-standing and wall pieces too. I am also embarking over the next month on a collaborative project that involves making a plush, interactive, fantastical sea creature for the Bruce County Museum. It will involve many of the same fibre aspects that my fine art employs, and I imagine, will give me new skills and inspiration for my sculptures too. It will be a fun process to share.

My art is inextricably connected to my identity as a woman. I am the artist of my own life. I use fabrics and yarns and am inspired by processes and mythologies that are deeply feminine. I experience art as ritual. Creative self-expression allows me to connect with the divine spark within. Truly, it is through art that I nourish my deepest self, the part that longs for connection. As a mother, I use my time alone making art as meditation and a way to remember my essential nature. It is my practice to get into an allowing place so that something deeper than the surface thoughts of my mind can flow through me. I love being an artist. There is always something new and interesting to learn and explore; there are endless opportunities for expansion and delight.


Julia White's Blog