Artist Bios

Margaret Joba-Woodruff is an emerging artist whose practice concerns itself with intersections of nature, the body and printmaking. These topics are explored through acts of curiosity, intuition, and repetition which invite connections between materials and our own bodies, memories, and subjectivities. Joba-Woodruff has exhibited in Vancouver, BC and Edinburgh, UK and received her BFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia in 2020. Born in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal) and raised on the island of Noepe (Martha’s Vineyard), she is currently living as an uninvited guest on stolen Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm land known as Vancouver, Canada.

RCHRDY  (pronounced ‘richardy’) is a multidisciplinary artist interested in digging in the ‘spaces in between’. Born in Mexico and currently based in the (stolen) territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Starting their career in performing Arts, they’ve explored all kinds of creative endeavors such as installation making, music, collage, etc.

Rashi Sethi (she/her) is a photographer and filmmaker based in the Coast Salish territories, or “Vancouver”. Often finding peculiarity or amusement in the ordinary, Rashi illustrates her perspective through photography. Her work is inspired by her highly international upbringing, assimilating her to diverse ways of being from a young age. As a filmmaker, Rashi enjoys applying cinematic, absurd and surreal themes to represent inner feelings or underlying messages.

semillites hernández velasco (he/him) is a trans and brown visual artist and printmaker based in “vancouver”, on the unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations. semillites was born in Mexico City in 1995, at the age of nineteen he immigrated north. semillites comes from a family of campesinos (peasants) in Central México and he tries to put his ancestors’ teachings in his artworks. semillites’ has been documenting his transition(s) through self-portraits for the last 6 years. His mediums are drawing, textile art, zines and animated gifs. semillites’ artworks are love letters to himself, his ancestors and every person, flower and grasshopper that has ever crossed his path.

Paulina Padilla (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Mexico-Canada, she went to Emily Carr U and OCAD University. Paulina is interested in institutional and independent pedagogy. She has imparted workshops in public elementary schools in Vancouver, in the Contemporary Art Museum Querétaro-Mexico, where she worked in the education department, as well as in her private studio. Her past conferences were about the liminal, memorization and adversity. She recently had her first solo show in San Miguel de Allende and she has collaborated with the Royal Society of Canada, The Canadian Women’s Foundation, Feminist Art Fest Toronto, and independent curators in Mexico City and England.

Cecil Libbey is a visual artist, writer, and musician. He moved here from Ontario to study animation concept art at Vancouver Film School, fell in love with the city, then never left. He has been working with IGNITE! Youth Panel for four years. This year, he hopes to emphasize the connections between physical reality and virtual reality, and how art plays a role in both of those worlds.

Reina García, 19, she/her, Mexican/chicana; my purpose is self-expressing creatively in any space be it by visual arts or film. From drawing to sculpting as well as writing to editing. I value the power in creating meaningful works to deliver powerful messages and sharing my culture as well as learning from other cultures. I aspire to work in the visual arts field and have people engage in my art and the conversations it may provoke.