On Monday February 27th, the Asylum held it's very first Art Exhibition / Musical Performance held by local artists Cassi-Lyn Churchill and Mishiikenh Kwe, along with live music provided by HK, The Patrick Yasko Band and Hearing Trees from Winnipeg. We had a few minutes to interview Cassi-Lyn and ask some quick questions as she was setting up before the night kicked off.
How long have you been working in the local art space?
I've been selling paintings since I was in the arts program at Sudbury Secondary, so over half a decade.
What are your prefered mediums?
I learned to work with a lot in the arts program at school. Chalk and oil pastels, acrylic and oil paint, watercolours, sculptures, pottery, bead work, charcoal, pretty much everything. I really enjoy working with charcoal actually. I would love to learn as many as I can.
What possessed you to start creating?
When I was younger I was diagnosed with epilepsy, art was part of my therapy and that became a passion.
You did the artwork and design of the Asylum's unique entryway corridor. What was inspiration behind that?
Mostly historical things. The Sudbury Basin and the comet that hit here millions of years ago is referenced. We were talking about world wars and so there's some of that in there. We are going to put some of the planes from WWII in next - I'm not finished with it so it is still a work in progress so I'll be adding to it and hope to do more projects here in the future.
Cool with us. Where can we see your work next?
I'm working on some things but they are secrets at the moment that I can't give away just yet so I'll have to keep you surprised.