MFA Students

Coming from a strong background in a single discipline or from a studio practice that fuses two or more disciplines, our MFA students all value and thrive in the stimulation of the unique interdisciplinary environment of the SCA, which also encourages them to develop the theoretical or scholarly contexts of their practice.

Jennifer Anderson

MFA Graduate Student

Areas: Music performance, instrument building, sound design, interactive new media.

Jennifer Anderson is an experimental musician and her passion is designing, creating, and building augmented and original instruments. While instrument design is her main focus, she is also interested in creating interactive experiences using new media. Jennifer has experience in various audio creation software, new media programming languages, and digital fabrication tools. These are her main tools for creating musical experiences and interactions. Jennifer is also a qualified audio engineer and sound designer, having ten plus years of experience in the field. She has worked concerts and theatre productions operating the soundboard, along with backstage experience. If there are saws, nails, and drills around, she will use them to build stuff.

jennifer-anderson.webflow.io

Aryan Borboruah

MFA Graduate Student

E: aborboru@sfu.ca

Areas: Music composition, music theory, music for screen, dance and visual arts, art history, and electronics.

I have an undergraduate music degree from Middlesex University London UK. My main area of focus is composition, I have written various musical pieces including String Quartets, Piano, Cello and Piano, Japanese Flutes, Piano trios as well as heavy metal music. I also have over 6 months of teaching experience, mainly focused on music theory, music history and music compositions. I am a guitarist and I have performed in various bands over the years. For my undergraduate project I have scored for Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula with over an hour of music. I have been attracted to the darker side of music since the past couple of years and I have been doing research and studying on improving my understanding of atonal and darker tonal harmonies both on acoustic instruments as well as on modern metal music. My interest in arts from Simon Fraser University should enable me to collaborate with performers from many different backgrounds. One day I hope to write a horror opera for talented performers.

soundcloud.com/aryan04

youtube.com/user/Crematorial

Minahil Bukhari

MFA Graduate Student

E: minahilbukhari@gmail.com

Areas: Installation / Painting / Sculpture.

Minahil Bukhari is a visual artist working in mixed media and installation art. She graduated from the BFA program at ACAD, Calgary in 2016 and was awarded a distinction. Her topic of research is based on her personal experiences of displacement and diaspora. She is interested in the subtlety and sensitivity of the inner unrest caused due to displacement, while recognizing the complexity of that space. There is conflict and duality that is hard to comprehend within the parameters of language and she attempts to convey that through her art pieces.

Roxanne Charles

MFA Graduate Student

E: rcharles@sfu.ca

Areas: Visual art.

Roxanne Charles is a mixed media artist of Strait Salish and European decent. She is an active and proud member of Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey, BC where she promotes art, language, and culture.

Roxanne recently completed a double major from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, receiving a BA in general studies with a minor in anthropology and a BFA with a minor in art history. Roxanne also holds a certificate in northwest coast jewelry design from The Native Education College.

Her work often explores a variety of themes such as spirituality, environment, identity, hybridity, and various forms of violence. Roxanne likes to work with a wide range of media and really enjoys combining both traditional and contemporary practices. Roxanne is a historian, artist, and contemporary story teller whose goal is to touch, move, and inspire others through her work. She finds creative ways to engage her audience by employing methods of performance and focusing on providing a multisensory experience.

Krystle Coughlin

MFA Graduate Student

E: kcoughli@sfu.ca

Areas: Visual art.

I am a Selkirk First Nations artist and Indigenous feminist, with a primarily visual art practice. My artist practice draws upon my identity as an urban Indigenous woman; and I am known to work with photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, printmaking, textiles and collage. I have recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual art, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. My work combines Indigenous philosophy and Feminist theory, along with a contemporary art practice – often with a touch of humor.

Stephanie Gagne

MFA Graduate Student

E: sga91@sfu.ca

Areas: Popular culture, sexuality, neighborhoods and childhood nostalgia.

Stephanie Gagne was born in Vancouver and is a local visual artist. She completed her BFA at Emily Carr University in 2016. Her interests include popular culture, sexuality, neighborhoods and childhood nostalgia. Stephanie's interdisciplinary projects involve sculpture, photography, drawing and video.

Lief Hall

MFA Graduate Student

E: liefh@sfu.ca

Areas: Music, performance.

Lief Hall is a composer, singer-songwriter, director/choreographer and creator of opera, musical theatre, video and installation. Her interdisciplinary installation and performance works explore themes of nature, technology and the body as they relate to mythology, feminism and the production of cultural ideology.

Hall was previously the vocalist for Vancouver no wave punk band ‘Mutators’ (2007), vocalist for the improvisational trio ‘Glaciers‘ (2009), and one half of Canadian ‘femme noir’ pop duo MYTHS (2012). Lief Hall’s solo musical works include improvised and extended voice and experimental electronic ‘pop’ which integrates performance, video, photography and costume making.

liefhall.com
soundcloud.com/lief-hall
liefhall.bandcamp.com

Maj Britt Jensen

MFA Graduate Student
E: majj@sfu.ca

Areas: Video / Feminisms / Performance and performativity / Site-specificity / Dialogue and collaboration.

“Look at me, this is me”. And also: I experiment looking at myself, this is who I am. But, what I am, or even better, what I seek (as abstract as it may seem) is not there, it is not trapped within the image; it is not evident, since it has no bearing with my surface, except very seldom, when it prints itself upon it. It is definitely neither in my face, nor in my body as it is.

What I am looking for is shown in the movements, in the changes, in the instability. In the way that I touch, articulate, in the manners in which the things are said to me, in the interchange with other individuals.

I have always collaborated with other artists and shared authorship by creating structures where individual and mutual desires are negotiated. I have moved on to performativity, asking myself how to construct spaces which don’t exclude emotions and open opportunities to learn eagerly. I recognized limits of individual practice and the problems of cultural representation.

www.majmajmaj.info 
invasorix.tumblr.com

Alexandre Klinke

MFA Graduate Student

E: aklinke@sfu.ca

Areas: Sound art, music.

I am a sound artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, currently based in Vancouver, Canada. I’ve been creating, recording and performing music as a solo artist, while also working as a composer and sound designer for film.

I am drawn to old musical practices, such as pentatonic scales, the use of drones and the simple forms of ethnic and early music. At the same time, I’m attracted to experimental and unorthodox music idioms that push the boundaries of conventional genres, such as free improvisation, glitch and ambient.

A common thread that connects all my work is the amalgamation of folkloric music traditions and contemporary audio technology. Rather than embracing established musical styles, I intend to explore these traditional practices and show them in a different light, merging them with modern sounds and systems, combining acoustic and electronic elements, and embracing new techniques.

Ian McFarlane

MFA Graduate Student

E: imcfarla@sfu.ca

Areas: Theatre, puppetry.

I am a multifaceted theatre artist. I navigate my life with an old fountain pen, a reclaimed bicycle, a wooden paddle, a pair of weathered hiking boots, and an indefinite accumulation of fantastical images that gather at the edges of my periphery. I have a fierce fascination with the discarded, the misplaced, and the forgotten. My obsession is with puppets, or rather, anything that can be given life through animation.

I received a BFA in Multidisciplinary from the University of Lethbridge in 2010. Since then I have occupied Calgary, Alberta, where my practice has encompassed performance, scenic design, devised theatre, painting and puppetry. I am a co-founder of Mudfoot Theatre, an interdisciplinary ensemble committed to devising contemporary folk narratives through humble magic. I have trained with One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, as well as have been a contributing ensemble member of Swallow-a-bicycle Theatre and Bread and Puppet Theater.

Brian Postalian

MFA Graduate Student

E: bpostalian@gmail.com

Areas: Theatre Director, Performance Creator.

"I create whimsical and visually imaginative work based in personal history and trauma. I'm always asking about how we connect to each other in a shared space."

Brian Postalian (Բրայն Փոսթալյան) is an award winning interdisciplinary performance creator born and raised in Toronto by way of Armenia, Ireland, Wales, and the Czech Republic.

Brian was Crapshoot Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille and Compass Points Curator at Canada's Magnetic North Theatre Festival. ​He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University and is a proud graduate of the joint University of Toronto and Sheridan College’s Theatre and Drama Studies Program. He frequents used book stores, rides bicycles, takes photos and is learning how to draw and play the duduk. Brian is the founding Artistic Director of Re:Current Theatre.

Brian is a graduate of the Artist Producer Training program with Generator, and is an alumni of the Young Creators Unit at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, SummerWork's S.L.I.P, and the inaugural Devised Theatre Lab with Common Boots Theatre. Brian has trained with the Volcano Theatre Conservatory (of which he was featured in their Emerging Artist series in 2016), and The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards.

www.brianpostalian.com

George Rahi

MFA Graduate Student

Areas: Composition, sound art, Instrument making, and installation art.

George Rahi is a composer, sound artist, instrument maker, and installation artist exploring new hybrids between the acoustic, electronic, mechanical, and sculptural. His work commonly draws from a diverse array of interests, including electroacoustics, public space, the soundscape, and large-scale instruments such as the pipe organ and the Indonesian Gamelan. He has produced work for the Western Front, Vancouver New Music, Miscellaneous Productions, VIVO Media Arts Centre and Vancouver Co-op Radio's Media Arts Committee and has received support from the British Columbia Arts Council and the Vancouver Parks Board. He is a founding member of the artist collective Publik Secrets and the percussion ensemble Gamelan Bike Bike.

georahi.com
publiksecrets.com

Julia Schnitman

MFA Graduate Student

E: jschnitm@sfu.ca

Areas: Production design, Film, Theatre, Architecture, Scenic space.

I am a production designer, architect and a multidisciplinary artist from Brazil. I have earned my bachelor degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Salvador-Brazil. As an undergraduate student, I learned that art is a fluid process of imagination, reality and creativity, for understanding, and interacting with the world. My work is a blend of art and production design for television, film and theatre. My interests are not only the practical aspect of the production, but the necessity to base it on theoretical elements of design. For me, being able to manage the construction of a scenic space is as important as knowing the inner side of how the creative process works. I have worked at Rede Globo, the biggest TV production in Latin America. That experience enabled me to acquire a firm-grasp of Set Design, as well as enhance my aesthetics. I also worked for a TV channel in Brazil - Rede Record. There, I developed the scenic design for two historical soap operas. My artistic work aims to capture and transform an idea, a story or even a single word or image into an imaginary construct that people can be immediately introduced to a plethora of senses, emotions and thoughts.

Tessa Sechay

MFA Graduate Student

E: tsechay@sfu.ca

Areas: Audio composition, Computational media, Electronics, Installation, Interactive media, Performance, Public intervention, Sculpture, Video installation.

I am from Calgary Alberta, I studied Fine Arts and majored in Media and Digital Arts Technology at Alberta College of Art and Design, I graduated with distinction in 2015.  While in my undergrad I was able to do work in association with the Banff Centre, the Epcor Centre and for the Calgary Opera House. This work has ranged from interactive sculptures, computational media, sound design, video and performance. My work has been focused towards reimagining and defining aesthetic rules and how art can function in society. This has brought my work into looking at ethics, the disabled body in relation to the arts, operational art forms and artistic methods.  My work is research driven and has been materializing itself into video work for installation, interactive electronic living sculptures, performance, dance, and music. While in the graduate program my intentions are to create work and research that is inclusive, to support the community and to also contribute to creating tools and resources for other artists and people outside of the artistic communities. My artistic goals are to bring my research to a professional level and to find a unison out of the wide range of mediums that I work in.

Amy Wilson

MFA Graduate Student

Areas: Pedagogical arts, investigative journalism, object making, drawing, archive, installation, performance and poetry.

Amy Wilson is an artist, educator and poet. Since, 2012 she has maintained and developed a socially engaged artistic practice, which partners 21st century learning strategies with participative art forms. Situational, experiential and collective in nature, the projects that she has facilitated and helped develop have been informed by collective explorations into the generative and emerging ways in which a person’s sense of agency can take shape through the arts. Issues of environment and international conflict have been the central focus of her work since its inception. Combining research and making in a holistic process, her practice has evolved to incorporate disciplines suitable for engaging communities in exploring the current events and issues that affect their lives. Such forms include: investigative journalism, object making, experimental drawing, archive, installation, performance and poetry. Her focus on creative, physical, performative and participative encounters offers the opportunity for the development of the critical, creative and adaptive tool/skills needed for learning, living and cooperating in a changing world.

Amy’s research focus at SFU will be investigating the generative tools and forms emerging from the relationships between socially engaged arts and 21st century learning practices. She has a particular interest in forms which fit the characteristics of Education for Sustainable Development.

Amy is a member of the Earth Charter International Youth Network and is a School Speaker for Amnesty International UK. She is a graduate of the Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University.

Amy is the Director of Amy Wilson Arts and the founder of international artists collective N92_3.

amywilsonarts.com

@amywilsonarts #AWA

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