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Jola (Anjola Adeniji)

Nigerian born, Fredericton based Artist Jola (Anjola Adeniji) has been honing his skills in hyperrealistic pencil portraits, mixed media, abstract paintings and poetry in the past several years. Jola grew up in Nigeria where he completed his Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts with Technical/ Set design and lighting as his major, after which he relocated to Canada to further in Visual Arts. Jola blended his visual art skills with his 6years of Technical design bringing about a perfect marriage of his two professions. Jolas' evolution into abstract hyper realistic pencil portrait and abstract painting allowed him to introduce a collection of artworks he is currently working on, DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN, which looks into the female gender in the black race.

AFRIKOKO is a 29 year old character who has toggled through life, she has a full natural hair which is her pride, she's talented, innocent, brilliant but won’t move a step forward in her career due to colour and race. Having struggled to send herself to college by working part time and overnight to meet up with bills, fees and good grades she still struggles with life because she's spirited differently and motivated. Her ability to not give up, constant hardwork, motivation, self-support to achieving her goals and leaving a mark in her world is what makes her a Mad Black Woman.


She is elegant, model like, Red lipstick and Eyeshadow, dress to kill, she's Black, her hair is a traditional Calabar hair easy to make and maintain, she's confident, speaks well with morals, independent, chased by many men, she has her life planned out and overcomes everything that comes her way, shes the smart money making woman. She's a Mad Black woman.

She is lost in thoughts, in a world of illusion wishing her life could be back on track, having lost her husband to death she's left alone to battle, she is held down by some african culture and tradition which allows that when a woman's husband dies, the brother marries his wife and collects all properties of the late brother.

Sometimes women are thrown out of their own house by her husband's family to start all over. She's left to make a life changing decision to fight for what's rightfully hers, she could die in the process but she did try.

For sale: $500 for original; $200 for framed prints

Follow Jola on Instagram and Twitter: @macanjy or contact by email

View more of Jola's work at our welcome event Friday evening or online on our GatherTown virtual conference site.

Awele Onwordi

Awele is a student the University of Prince Edward Island in Applied Communication Leadership and Culture.

Space girl is a digital character I made due to my love for space and astronomy. My digital art piece is called “Equality” The digital art piece shows different characters floating in space different sizes, the different sizes of my characters represent difference in the world, we are different in size, skin color etc , the bright colors represent equality. No matter how we look, our sexuality, our race we are all equal, we are all one.

CRAiEDL Project


  • Sarah Jasmine Hodgson-artist
  • Willem Deisinger-artist
  • Jason Millar-CRAiEDL Director
  • Chantal Rodier- Project Coordinator

This project engages artists and engineers to critically interrogate the various impacts that AI will have on global societies when applied in response to climate change and in support of large-scale geoengineering projects. Art offers a unique lens through which to critically examine the technology we build, and (re)evaluate its meaning and function in the world. These projects bring artists, engineers, and other academics and makers into contact with one another in the spirit of research creation.

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Sarah Jasmine Hodgson

Sarah Jasmine Hodgson is a Newmarket-raised wannabe cowgirl who is still convalescing from having lived in the suburbs. When she’s not rewatching Spaghetti Westerns or facing her ongoing fear of horses, she’s working on her next creative endeavor. As an emerging visual artist who has had work exhibited in Ottawa and Montreal, Sarah actively pursues curatorial projects and was also recently nominated and listed for the 2020 New Generation Photography Award. Sarah’s noted for her nocturnal working habits, her ever-growing collection of questionable knick-knacks, and for notoriously twiddling her cowlick.

Willem Deisinger

“By the dog! You think I exist outside of this space that I take up as text?” As far as we know, Willem exists only within the confines and interpretations of the words which describe him. He extends himself beyond his textual limits into screen printing, installation, graphic design, ally, and his sickening condition of being a senior undergrad in philosophy. Exhibiting at Art Engine and developing a sculpture for Global Affairs Canada, we can deduce he is existing. When Willem isn’t overheating on topics which he most definitely shouldn’t, he watches pretentious film, sips his homemade kombucha, and produces more of his textual existence on Letterboxd and

Contact CRAiEDL | Vimeo

Jody McCleary

COVID 19 Selfies Portrait Series | Jody is a graduate of our Bachelor of Applied Arts program and an alumni of the 2019 Arts Matters Conference. With a background as a graphic designer, Jody's journey began as a self-taught artist. She developed an affection for highly expressive portraits, in both painted and inks. Over the past 17 years, she has also worked as a tattoo artist and continues to peruse that journey throughout her academic discovery. Having lengthy relationship with knitting, she carries her other visual skills through this traditional medium, making non-traditional knits in a modern way. All of her makes are run through and environmentally filtered, deciding how each piece can have a minimum impact while achieving use and an aesthetically pleasing presence at the object's final destination, whether that be cards for Yule or fabric she designed just for a project.

In 2017, Jody began exploring the use of alternative mediums. Ballpoint pens end became the medium of choice for a series of small portraits of expressive children. A later development migrated to an on-going series of drawings, featuring people that have used their celebrity status help others without that voice.

When the world closed its doors in March of 2020, initial calls and text messages to close friends were made on a regular basis. She called them mental health check-ins. Through the initial stage of lockdown, Jody realized her mental health was lacking a creative spark. Asking those same friends for “silly selfies” just to have the practice was the project that brought joy to her house as random images were selected to draw. Slowly, it became evident that she was not just drawing friends but capturing an inside look and feel of the mental health of people in isolation.

The size of 11” x 14” was a choice of circumstance as that is the size of the sketchbook on-hand while the artist was quarantined with her two children. The use of ballpoint pens was also chosen by means of available mediums in the house.

As time passed, Jody adjusted and re-examined the method to tackle each of these pieces. Given that each person is unique, it felt right to include details about them within the portrait. The addition of personal details as the base layer started as a few small words and graduated to a full base layer of words under each portrait. Details vary between birthdays to song lyrics and text from social media posts surrounding the time the photo was taken.

A few months into the project, an official invitation was extended to other artists for submissions. Artist rarely have their portrait done and this could be an opportunity for an understanding of the work of another artist on a personal level. In many cases, McCleary allowed the subject to choose the dominant colours used to complete their portrait.

View the rest of Jody’s series at our welcome event Friday evening or online on our GatherTown virtual conference site.

Follow Jody’s work on Instagram @JODYARTS.

Maryam Ahmed

I’m Maryam, and I am a self-taught artist. Art wove itself into my life when I was very young, from chalking up the walls of my house as an uncontrollable, deranged three-year-old to being a part of the campus Art club here at UNB, spending hours over personal pieces with diluted paint staining my hands. I particularly like watercolors, and I find that their loose, fluid nature captures the dynamics of the natural world perfectly. The realm of the inanimate is often depicted in my work—you can often find a variety of flora-fauna taking up space in my sketchbook, as well as the recurring theme of desserts. It's hard not to be inspired to create when your muse is the earth around you, shifting and changing with the lilt of a breeze on a sunny day, or the ruby-gleam of her cherries on a frosted cake. I paint for my fulfilling the human creative inside me, and it is such a kind of spirit that never really dissipates, it's in everybody.