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16 August 2018

Tau Lewis (left) and Julia Fast-Grass (right) working together in the Ontario Hall studio. Photo: Tim Forbes

Ramolen Laruan  and Julia Fast-Grass have been working closely with Stonecroft Artist-in-Residence Tau Lewis this summer. Their assistance has allowed Tau to produce new work that will be part of her solo exhibition at the Agnes in the fall.

Based in a spacious studio in Ontario Hall, they are helping with the production of Tau’s labour-intensive sewing  and sculptural work. “Assisting Tau during her residency at the Agnes goes beyond the exchange of labour and energy,” says Ramolen. “It means being able to talk through the work with her, and it is a privilege to ask questions and form a relationship with an artist who gives so much to her work.” This experience offers the emerging artists meaningful contact with a dynamic and successful contemporary artist, one who is engaging with urgencies of contemporary racial politics.

This spring, Ramolen graduated from Queen’s  with a BFA (Honours), and a minor in Art History, and will be pursuing her MFA from Western University in the fall. Julia will be returning to Queen’s as a third-year BFA student.

These assistantships are made possible by the Stonecroft Foundation Artist-in-Residence program.