Archive for April, 2009

Jennifer Norquist’s CV

April 18, 2009

Jennifer Norquist
2085 Lockyer Rd. Robert’s Creek, BC,V0N 2W1
604-989-3276 (Sunshine Coast cell)

Education and Training

-Emily Carr University for Art and Design 1993-95 and 2008- present
-Langara College 1999-2000 & 2002
Community Leadership certificate
University transfer program academics
-Escuela de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Taller de titeres- Puppetry School
-Instituto de Avellaneda de Cinematografia
Film program in Buenos Aires
-Frequent classes in dance, theatre, healing, yoga, shadow puppetry, vocal facilitation training

Art Experience

March 2009
-Curation of the show ‘Interwoven’ at Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Organizing and promoting this student textile show in the Concourse Gallery.
My piece ‘The Sewing Room’ was an interactive and relational workshop space in Gallery.

2000-present Community Development in Collingwood /Renfrew (Arts PowWow and The Still Moon Society) including:

• interactive puppet and theatre shows, site specific performance installations
• art and mosaic workshops,
• youth and environment outreach projects-more recently at Windermere School mosaic entrance, completed in Spring 2009,
• urban stream and green space stewardship and native plant gardening
• 90m mosaic walkway with artistic lighting through Slocan Park involving community, artists, architects and the Park Board
• interpretive sign design with local youth and graphic designer,
• walking meditation labyrinth with mosaic centre and native plant gardens with pathways and stepping stones.
• Community Mapping project

Art and Commercial projects 2000-present (often operating as Dragonfly Designs)

-Projects have included retail space and home interior design, murals, painting, large and small scale mosaic tile work, landscaping artwork, fountains, set creation, metal gates, design hand drawing using digital media and, costume and puppet creation and more. I often work in collaboration with artist husband Cody Chancellor.

Ongoing performing artist and co-founder of ‘Upper Realms’ performance collective on Sunshine Coast

– Stiltwalker, comical character and clown and puppeteer plus interactive event experiences (booking services for one or more artists)
Accept contracts from theatrical organizations and individuals to create costumes, props and puppets
-Course designs for puppet show creation and stilt building and walking

Nov 2004-Nov 2006- Producer, performer and teacher for MythMaker Productions and responsible for receiving two Canada Council project grants for inter-disciplary work involving community and professional performance art development.

Some Past Clients and Festivals

Centre for Mental Health and Addiction in Burnaby
Vancouver Park Board
Vancouver School Board and schools
Vancouver and Gibsons Public Libraries
Immigrant Services Society
Collingwood Neighbourhood house
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood house
Music with Marnie-costume and puppet making
Renfrew Community Centre
Douglas Park community Centre
Still Moon Arts Society
Mortal Coil Arts Society
Public Dreams
Private commissioned clients for home and garden installations
Shambhala Music Festival in Salmo BC
Komasket Music Festival in Vernon, BC
Sea Cavalcade
Sechelt Canada Day
Sechelt Family Arts Festival and Airport Show
Car Free Festival on the Drive
Edge of the World Music Festival in the Queen Charlottes
McDonalds FunZone
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Bonfire Festival in Pender Harbour BC
Earth Day
….and more


April 16, 2009

Re-composing the pieces

The materials and resources that we have drawn from the four corners of the globe have
been scattered and reformed. As earthlings, we share a history that puts pressure on this
present moment to face the exploitation that affects humanity’s soul and our relationship
with the Earth. Through an exploration of movement Jennifer collects and reassembles
earth materials as a gesture to recognize and support our transforming and healing state on this planet.

This work will combine the idea of ‘earthworks’ or creating temporal art from organic found materials with performance and ritual. The body of my work includes many process that are in dialogue with natural systems including seasons and cycles, decay and growth. As humans we are constantly moving and processing earth elements for our cultural and consumptive needs. This process has been damaging on the earth itself and often includes the marginalization of people. I relate this work to my ideas within the concept of ‘compost modernism’ where we observe and then reconstruct a new reality that is nourished from the decay of the old system.

Jennifer Norquist has been working several years as an artist interested in sustainable practices within community development. Her work has included permanent site specific works near urban streams and performance works that address our relationship with nature. She is currently an avid gardener who spends much of her time building soil, planting seeds and watering plants.

Tech requirements and venue:
Any space will be sufficient, indoors or outdoors
Proper lighting indoors, prefer tungsten
Outdoors daytime- prefer mid-late afternoon

$200- Artist fee for one performance
$100 for any additional performance
Transportation- $20 from Sunshine Coast by bus

April 15, 2009

Our performance art class presented our final performance on Weds. April 8. The concept behind the presentations is that we were creating a performance art festival with the themes diaspora, dislocation . We were broken into two groups and I was in the second so I will write about only the first group’s performances.

The first performance was by Yota, who entered into the spot light and began skip rope jumping, using the cord attached to a computer mouse. He then began to bring in other computer parts including a monitor, keyboard and tower, and started using them as weights and apparatus to ‘work out’.
img_0142He did sit ups and push ups, squats and bench presses, to name a few of the exercises that he used the computer for. His performance commented on how standard computer use disassociates us from the needs of our body. It was humourous and creative to see all the different standard gym exercises that one can use their computer equipment for.

Martina did a piece where she explored the stream of conscience writing technique in a performance that involved her covering her head in a white cloth that had what she was currently writing projected onto. The visual effect was intriguing as the letters and words appeared on her head glowing white head as she adeptly typed her unfiltered thoughts.img_0146

Patrick’s performance involved a grotesque mask, long johns full of foam balls and some serious nose picking. He seems to be acting like he was alone and not being watched, hence the nose picking, and as he read from a piece of paper the balls fell from his pants.img_0144

Ana, Genevieve and Grant collaborated on a piece that they presented as a video. They went out one night and collected discarded material and built themselves a fort behind some buildings and beside the dumpsters. They were created a commentary on homelessness, wasted materials in our society while having a fun time activating the inner child. img_0152

Derya presented a video of his online performance as part of his ongoing web presence art work. In the video that was featured he showed how the occult is present in society.img_01633

Reuben also showed a video where the subject was a rock n roll musician and seemed to go through a disorienting process of playing loud and slightly discordant music that ended with in him sitting stunned on his bed with his lover asleep behind him.img_0165

Sung Hua created a hip hop music video with a friend who was very skilled at basket ball and tricks. The video brought in cannons of hip hop including graffiti, body gestures and street setting.img_0156

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the performances on this last day of last and I was impressed by the quality and thought that went into the presentations. It has been a pleasure to learn about performance art in the context of an Emily Carr course with the instructor, Margeret Dragu, and with an amazing group of artists as fellow students.

Maita: Puppet show from Quebec

April 8, 2009

Over spring break I had the opportunity to see a puppet show from the Quebec companies Théâtre de la Veille 17 and Théâtre de Sable’s production of Maita. It was presented by the Cultch as part of their kid’s series, yet it was shown at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island, as they are currently undergoing renovations. The story told was of a girl who lives somewhere in Asia who needs to leave her family for 1461 days to work at a toy factory in order to pay back her father’s debt. Her father is a shadow puppeteer and he gives her his favorite puppet, Issane, and her mother sews pearls onto its dress, one for every day she will be gone. Each night she gives the other workers a shadow puppet show, and removes one bead from the dress as a way keeping track the time until she returns home.



The puppeteers wore black and were on stage yet they became one with the 4-5′ puppets they manipulated. The performers agile skills of voice and movement combined with exquisitely crafted puppets created an enjoyable and artful production. The story brought forth a very real problem that we face in the world today: ‘first world’ children are playing with toys that children in less fortunate countries are fabricating under exploitative conditions. This tale was simple, yet tragic, and for many of the young audience it was possibly too challenging for them to fully understand. In the question and answer period it revealed that many of the youngsters were mostly interested in the puppets, the toy boats and the puff of smoke, however many of the children, especially the preteens were very concerned and interested in the issues involved and they engaged in a very thoughtful discussion after wards.


April 8, 2009

On Friday, March 20 a group of students from Emily Carr University put on a performance art fair at ViVo on Main st in Vancouver BC. The format of the exhibition mimicked that of a trade show with different stations where interactive performances were hosted by different artists. I arrived a little late so I didn’t not experience the event in its entirety but I did enjoy the diversity and fun that fueled the environment.

At one station there was a posse that you could join in by putting on headphones and dancing with a crew that all shared in the same music, or a sit at an affirmation writing lounge, you could interact with a human in a wooden box, and at one point we all did the hokey pokey together. It was a great deal of fun and there was a real feeling of creative collaboration and support. A lot of work went into this event and it was reflected in the quality and intentions of the event.

Thanks fellow Emily Carr students, especially Marina Comstock, for putting on this thoughtful event.

(photos will come soon)

Performance Art Class- Installation and Traces

April 1, 2009

On March 18th and 26th our class performed and presented our Traces and/or Installation projects and critiqued each others’ work. The performances involved video, props and sound utilizing different theoretical and conceptual devices including durational and relational aesthetics. In some works we watched as spectators or audience while others we had the opportunity to engage as part of the experience of the artwork. The work was extremely diverse in nature, each student approached the assignment uniquely according to the interests and skills from his/her greater practice. We saw some students had a strong visual or sound component while others were critiquing cultural phenomena and our perceptions.

Some of the activities included in the performances involved covering the body in paint or food, like syrup and flour. We also saw gold leaf, a rabbit costume, computer blogging and sculpture. Poetry, surveys and sound played a role also in repertoire of the class work. The pieces all demonstrated the talents, ideas and skills that my fellow students have been cultivating. I really appreciated the supportive yet honest critiquing that we shared with each other, as it expanded my perspective on what how and why we create performances as artists.

I am still fresh in learning about the ‘canons’ of performance art but it seems that we hold the possibility to expand on the field of performative art in order to communicate our ideas and concepts. As emerging artists we can offer a fresh approach to performance that gives us more tools for personal expression and cultural critique. Perhaps we can even serve to shift society through our art.

Francisco and the gold leaf

Francisco and the gold leaf

net(work) survey by Martina

net(work) survey by Martina

Knitting Circle in Concourse Gallery- Jennifer with Carlyn

Knitting Circle in Concourse Gallery- Jennifer with Carlyn