We are pleased to continue our ongoing monthly RELATIONS Engagement Series with artist Sydonne Warren, and poet and performer Nastassia Aikman.
Nastassia Aikman fell in love with poetry as a small child growing up in rural Jamaica. The iconic Jamaican poet and folklorist, Louise Bennett-Coverley influenced her craft and soon Nastassia began writing and performing her own poems. Nastassia is a performing artist who mainly writes in her Jamaican dialect, “Patois” and can be found performing her pieces in and around the city of Calgary at various events.
Sydonne Warren is a Jamaican-Canadian artist specializing in large-scale expressive paintings, murals, and digital design. Her artwork often showcases high contrast subjects, bold colour palettes, and a mixture of expressive strokes, drips and rigid lines. Her themes reflect her experiences as a Jamaican-Canadian immigrant, woman and mother. She uses her perspective to share her desire for the African diaspora to occupy, impact and own space.
Stay tuned for upcoming free workshops for children and youth led by Sydonne and Nastassia!