Akayna is a Métis, multidisciplinary conceptual emerging artist and Emily Carr University of Art & Design graduate who practices chemically mindful art. They are currently working on a photographic collection with a grant from Winnipeg Arts Council. Their first group exhibit, residency, and tour in Manitoba was with Theatre Projects Manitoba in 2021. Akayna explores reality, perception, interconnection, circumstance, tension, consequential effects, and the intersections between these relationships. Through their art practice they express lived experiences with chemical sensitivities, broaching the industrial influences of commercialism against nature through an escapist view of the world. All works are conducted in a petrochemical allergy influenced, materially limited, and chemically mindful manner, pulling towards primarily photography-based art, while still exploring other materials such as clay, glass, and fabric. Akayna utilizes their photography, industrial design, and art backgrounds to create works that therapeutically live within the means of their condition as a person with multiple chemical allergies, speak about MCS, or address other current issues.
Is this Reality? Let Akayna explore worldly perception with you as they create a space of empathy and connection while addressing conflict and exclusion through their chaotic relationship to the world. More thoroughly they address the limitations of physical contact, thoughts on the future, societal expectation, and psyche. With this collection of works voice is given to those with conditions poorly understood, generally disbelieved, specifically Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/Chemical Allergies. These works explore the ubiquitous use of chemicals and their impact on the human body. This installation is a representation of Akayna’s dreamscape in which reality always seeps through. It provides a space for those with similar and different life experiences to come together while bringing an awareness to petrochemical exposure.
Akayna primarily creates photography-based works due to their minimal contact nature. Working in color and monochrome, they are sometimes more than just the images themselves verging on installation. By using different techniques from; composite photography, abstract focal selection, long exposure, on-location shoots, studio light setups, physical object manipulation, documentation, material exploration, to digital editing, they innovatively explore new ways to express their art.
All works are NFS, however prints may be purchased through http://www.akayna.ca