Michelle Foran received a BFA from the OCADUin 2018 and lives and works in Toronto, Canada.With playful intervention, vibrant colour and gestural composition, her multidisciplinary practice explores visual order and play as a means to revive the livelihood of materials. She is curious about familiar visual queues melding in with the bizarre, and adopting objects of mundane, brute natures to stir up the potent vibrancy inherent in all things. Similar motives drive her two-dimensional works, capturing the romance of the day-to-day on 35mm and painting to embrace colour as well as the exuberance of simple forms and shapes. We caught up with her in her beautiful downtown apartment to talk about all things life and art.
How has 2020 been so far for you? Any New Year’s resolutions you are still partaking in?
It’s pretty complicated. I recently got a full-time office job in a post-production agency that has been consuming my Monday to Friday. In the sense that I’m trying something completely new, I feel like I’m steering away from living the weird artist life (my ideal life).
Moya is a Toronto born artist and Illustrator with a BDES from OCAD University. Being of mixed background Moya has a unique perspective on the world. With a large list of influences, his work explores many themes rooted in pop culture, the supernatural and the absurd. Subverting everything from simple daily interactions to social issues.Showing a deep infatuation with form and character his art whether zines, comics, murals, editorial illustrations, sculptures or doodles often features the human body and its relationship with the world around it. Proficient in traditional painting and digital rendering, his painterly and loose style is easily identifiable and engaging. Regardless of the media he attempts to establish a relatable, humorous and critical forum for diverse audiences. Below is a conversation with Moya over text message.
Moya Garrison — Msingwana
Hey man how’s it going?
Ready to start this interview?
“Yeah I remember … probably 6-7 and painting a humming bird feeding outside the window and a bunch of Pokémon on postcards to send to my friends haha.”