2016-2017: Fine Dine (in collaboration with Angella Parsons as a part of KINUK)

2016-2017: FINE DINE (in collaboration with Angella Parsons as a part of KINUK)

2016 Shaping the Shore Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Sydney, Nova Scotia
2017 Fine Dine Pavia Art Galleries, Halifax, Nova Scotia
iPhone 4 Photos on Duratrans Film in Lightboxes
Kinuk is the artistic collaborative duo of Ursula Johnson and Angella Parsons.

Johnson and Parsons first met at the Nova Scotia College of Art& Design in 2001.

Kinuk is a term from the Mi’kmaq language that is used to describe the notion of ‘Us’ from an exclusive perspective. The term engulfs the viewers of the work as participants and includes their experience as a shared experience of Angella and Ursula – therefore absorbing the viewer as becoming including in the ‘Us’.

Kinuk often explores themes of public verses private

The two first officially collaborated as Kinuk in 2013 in Charlottetown PEI at Art In The Open conducting a durational performance called “L’nuwesimk:El-noo-wee-simk”.

Sitting across from each other at the crossroads in Victoria Park, Parsons asked Johnson to teach her the Indigenous language of Mi’kmaw asking: Will you teach me your language? For several hours the two dialogued in both Mi’kmaq and English.

The duo collaborated again in 2015 for the Halifax Pride Festival Reading Out Loud Series where they recited poetry to each other remotely via Skype. Ursula Skyped from the Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site where she works during the summer months and Angella was live on-site at the Public Library in front of a large crowd.

This project, Fine Dine, was first exhibited at the CBU Art Gallery in a group exhibition titled (find the title of the show). The series of photographs contain 6 images that depict Angella and Ursula engaging in the act of food consumption – the images were all made using an iPhone 4 Camera – at the time when food selfies were just beginning to be prominent within social media. The duo wanted to explore the themes of food consumption by women that has been previously encountered within the feminist art context and often associated as having components of the grotesque. Unlike the mass circulated food porn snapshots that depict appetizing presentations of meals in the moments prior to consumption Fine Dine subverts this social media phenomenon by showing food half eaten in poorly lit atmospheres. Johnson and Parsons invite the viewer into the not so glamorous private realm of their shared space of eating together.

Pavia Gallery website
Artist Statement
Curriculum Vitae

Images: Ursula Johnson & Angella Parsons