Kendra Yee's rainbow space tornado reveals itself in seconds as you climb the stairs leading into White House Studio Project in Kensington Market. Greeted by remnants of a full-wall mural from her latest solo exhibition "My Best Friend.......Felon", I turn left and end up face-to-face with an overload of baby monster ceramics and printer-size papers scribbled with marker, gel pens and every other art supply imaginable. We sit down with the Toronto-based freelance illustrator to chat about multiple realities, rollercoasting through styles and zine culture in the city.
A glimpse of Jamiyla Lowe's paintings is like stepping into a mythical world where quirky skeletal creatures dance in tropical caves and swing amongst tiger lilies without a care in the world. Born in Montréal, Jamiyla has developed an extensive portfolio overflowing with screenprinted bestiaries of magical beings, surreal circus acts and bizarre dreamscapes. I sat down with her to chat about freelancing, the freedom to experiment and challenging the gatekeepers of academic and commercial art.