In episode 49, I talk with Michael Couchie and Jennifer Allison about ‘ANOTHER WAY HOME’, the Solo Exhibition opening in North Bay on Friday, May 24th (6-9PM) at the WKP Kennedy Gallery celebrating five decades of artistic mastery blending traditional and digital techniques to craft a one-of-a-kind immersive experience for all.

" As an Anishnabe person there’s so much reflected in who I am in my work, but it’s not based on specific indigenous mythology. I am a digital and multimedia artist who works with a variety of mediums. The style of my most recent work is inspired by Woodlands aesthetic.

People have asked, “What do you think the audience sees when they look at your work?”

My art is about design, and what I’m doing with colour. The design has to look good to me. I tell people the design has to satisfy what I’m attempting at the time. It satisfies something within me, and to define and explain this can be difficult sometimes. My goal could change tomorrow or a year from now. It’s ever changing.

At the present time, I am drawing on a computer tablet and then manipulate the image with a computer software. As I go along, I am able to control what I’m doing to a certain degree. I’s not happenstance; I know how my artwork will react to the manipulation of the software.

My process of creating is similar to a math problem. How do I put A and B together to make C?

Thinking abstractly drives me in my process, and sometimes I know what I am trying to achieve, but there is also a point in which I start drawing and I let it go from there.
I create art that excites me, sometimes people view my work and they’re not as excited as I am, but what I learned in the process of art making isn’t lost on me. It’s up to my audience to interpret and decide what thy think of the final product.

There are many possibilities working with the digital process. The artwork can be printed in a variety of formats and some as large as a billboard, but at the end of the day, I think my work is unique because it comes from inside myself.” – Michael Couchie

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This episode was recorded on May 8th, 2024 in by Adam Potter in North Bay, Ontario, Canada for

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