Moonlighting with Gina Badger
The Winter Islands Artist-in-Residence at AGP
February 15–29, 2016
During Gina Badger’s residency on Toronto Island, she will also be working full-time as editor at the AGO. As such, her active residency hours will take place under the light of the moon. Making full use of her overnight hours, Gina will make a series of botanical prints as well as an herbal immune tonic charged with the visionary energy of the Aquarius new moon (February 9) in conversation with the practical magic of the Virgo full moon (February 22).
Sunday February 21, 2–4pm
Full moon teach-in and snack party
Join Gina in the bottling of an herbal immune tonic made on Toronto Island the week previous. Gina will draw on the vocabulary of “woo feminism” (ie. contemporary queer feminist creative and spiritual practices) to talk about making energetic plant medicines and working with moonlight. Participants will get their own elixir to take home. Snacks provided. $2–10 donation for materials; open to the public but priority will be given to AGP residents. Click here to register.
Saturday February 27, 2:00–4:00pm
Midwinter lunotypes workshop
Gina will share her experimental printmaking technique using moonlight, developed during the two weeks of her residency on Toronto Island. This will be a hands-on workshop and participants will take home their own botanical print. $2–10 donation for materials; open to the public but priority will be given to AGP residents. Click here to register.
About the Artist
Gina Badger is a kitchen witch who currently makes her living as an artist and editor. At the heart of her practice is an engagement with the time and material of colonial ecologies from a critical settler perspective. She has presented work internationally, at venues including MOCCA (Toronto), the Blackwood Gallery (Toronto), LACMA (LA), Issue Project Room (NYC), The Kitchen (NYC), and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her writing has been published by Turn On by the Powerplant, Scapegoat Journal, Public Journal, and Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices (Marisa Jahn, YYZ).
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Badger is a fourth generation settler of Norman, Huguenot, and Anglo-Saxon ancestry born in Cree territory and currently living in Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory, in Toronto. She holds a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal), a Master of Science from MIT (Cambridge MA), and has completed training as an energetic herbalist at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine (Fort Jones CA). From 2011 to 2014, Badger was editorial director of FUSE Magazine.