The Abbotsford Arts Council was proud to host an Artist in Residence program with artist J.Havens.
From May 11th to June 30th, Jay Havens had his work in progress on display in the back of the Kariton Art Gallery. Visitors were able to watch him working on Tuesdays to Thursday from 4pm – 5pm. Artist talks took place on June 3rd and June 17th at 1pm and it was available for individuals and groups.
Havens is an artist of Haudenosaunee Mohawk and Scottish Canadian ancestry from the Six Nations of the Grand River. Originally from Abbotsford, he is currently based out of Haida Gwaii, BC. He holds a BFA from the University of British Columbia and is currently a master’s candidate at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Havens is an interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of contemporary art, scenography and education. Since 2009 he has produced 25 murals and various collaborative art projects for the Abbotsford School District which speak to the history of the Fraser Valley as told from First Nations perspectives.
Currently Jay is working on petroleum-based series titled “Rollback Rawhide” because the works employ a rawhide/leather-like product I invented using repurposed shopping bags. The form and process reference art mediums rooted in traditions from basketry and moccasin making to ceremonial arts like drum and regalia production.