About

Medium of Exchange: Debt (2010)

L-R: Jesica S Campbell, S Koren Scott, Jessica Hauser, Penny Chase & Debbie.lee Miszaniec

Five women walked into an art school… 

Three straight women, one gay woman and one who says it’s nobody business walked into an art school… 

An agnostic, a Wiccan, a Catholic and two atheists walked into an art school… 

Three settlers, an Inuit and a Metis walked into an art school… 

Five artists of diverse backgrounds walked out of an art school… 

…and had a conversation: 

They called themselves Medium of Exchange. They made work together and apart about topics relevant to them all. Then their lives and professional practices diverged again. After a decade Jesica Campbell, Penny Chase, Jessica Hauser, Debbie.lee Miszaniec and Koren Scott have re-converged for Medium of Exchange: Process

Process is about the process of making art: the process of the development of the artist over time. The individual’s process of art making. The process of creating a dialogue between diverse individuals through art. 

About the Artists: Abridged Curriculum Vitae

Jesica S. Campbell, BFA

Education

  • 2008 Alberta College of Art & Design (BFA Distinction, Drawing), Calgary, AB

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2010 Medium of Exchange, Artpoint Gallery & Studios Society, Calgary, AB
  • 2008 Documentation in the Expanded Field, Room 371, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB
  • 2007 Red, Black, Yellow, White, Room 371, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB
  • 2006 Drawing Spectacular, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB
  • 2005 Cowboys & Indians: An Interactive Installation, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB 

Penny Chase, BFA

Education

  • 2008 BFA with Distinction, Alberta College of Art and Design, Graduate, Calgary, Alberta

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2012 Artist Ranch Project, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB
  • 2010 Medium of Exchange – Color of Whimsy, ArtPoint, Calgary, AB
  • 2008 BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON.
  • 2007 Red, Black, Yellow, White, Alberta College of Art and Design, AB
  • 2005 Reflections, Main Foyer, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB

Awards

  • 2010 Alberta Foundation of the Arts Grant Recipient, Calgary, AB
  • 2008 Bank of Montreal 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON., Alberta winner
  • 2008 StART Invitational Exhibition, Studio 21 Art Gallery, Halifax, NS, selected to represent Alberta College of Art and Design 

Jessica Hauser, BFA

Education

  • 2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts, (Painting), Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary AB

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2014 Shift, Artpoint Society, Calgary, AB 
  • 2013 Cars in Chrome, Heritage Park, Calgary, AB
  • 2012 Gratitude, Art Point, Calgary, AB
  • 2011 Colour Of Whimsy, Artpoint Society, Calgary, AB
  • 2010 Medium of Exchange, Art Point, Calgary, AB
  • 2009 March for Peace, University, Calgary, AB
  • 2008 Leading Ladies and Musical Men, Mission Building, Calgary, AB
  • 2007 SELF-REFLECTION, Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT Space, Calgary, AB
  • 2005 Collaboration, Heritage Park, Calgary, AB 

Debbie.lee Miszaniec, BFA

Education

  • 2008 Bachelor of Fine Art with Distinction (Painting), Alberta College of Art & Design – Calgary AB

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019 Shaping Alberta, CARFAC AB, Northern & Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary & Edmonton AB
  • 2018 Journey of a Lifetime, Heritage Park Historical Village and Museum, Calgary – AB
  • 2017 I AM CANADIAN, Edge Gallery – Calgary AB
  • 2016 I Love Inglewood, Edge Gallery – Calgary AB
  • 2014 Her / Self, Women’s Art Museum Society of Canada – Edmonton AB
  • 2012 Christmas Show & Sale, Atlantis Fine Framing Studio – Calgary AB
  • 2011 Exit Eden, ArtPoint – Calgary AB
  • 2010 Medium of Exchange, ArtPoint – Calgary AB
  • 2009 In Eden Perchance, ArtPoint – Calgary AB
  • 2008 TEPPA, Throw Away Gallery – Calgary AB (with Koren Scott)
  • 2007 In Memory, Marion Nicoll Gallery – Calgary AB (with Jamie Shiu)
  • 2006 Debbie’s Dream, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design – Calgary AB
  • 2005 Awards Ceremony Show, Alberta College of Art and Design – Calgary AB 

S. Koren Scott, BFA

Education

  • 2008 Bachelor of Fine Art (Print Media), Alberta College of Art & Design – Calgary AB

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2014 Shift, ArtPoint – Calgary AB
  • 2010 Medium of Exchange, ArtPoint – Calgary AB
  • 2008 Graduate Show, Alberta College of Art and Design – Calgary AB
  • 2007 Mockingbird, Alberta College of Art and Design – Calgary AB 

Medium of Exchange: Process

Medium of Exchange is a group of artists, Jesica Campbell, Penny Chase, Jessica Hauser, Debbie.lee Miszaniec and Koren S. Scott. While from diverse backgrounds we share the common experience of having undergone the intense examination of our creative processes during our bachelor’s studies at the Alberta College of Art & Design (now the Alberta University of the Arts), and graduating together in 2008. Our intention for the exhibition, Process, is to stage an anniversary show consisting of individual and collaborative artworks addressing the theme of creative process and its evolution over time. The artworks include wall art, three dimensional objects, and a bookwork, coming from our respective backgrounds in painting, drawing and printmaking. In line with the theme of Process and the idea of moving forward from a shared creative ‘starting’ point in 2008, to our first show as a group (Medium of Exchange: Debt) in 2010, and then toward our current directions and development, we will also present documentation of the works from the original show, encouraging the viewer to explore the artists development over the span of a decade. 

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION: 

Collaborative works

The collaborative works for Process were begun in 2018. Each of the five participating artists started an artwork on the topic of Process. The initiating artist set the arena and tone of the discussion by choosing and providing the format/medium of the art object, starting the artwork, and providing context to the group prior to passing the work to the next artist. 

Jesica Campbell initiated a discussion on the generational evolution of craft practices in the form of Elizabethan blackwork (a traditional embroidery practice). 

Penny Chase’s proposition challenged the process of executing a pure idea onto a pure surface by presenting the group with the un-painting of a highly textured thrift shop decorative canvas. 

Jessica Hauser was interested in challenging us to allow the physical process of painting to happen on two marbleized canvases. Investigating the lifetime process of creative evolution of the artist, 

Debbie.lee Miszaniec asked the group to document their creative journeys from birth to the present in a group journal. 

Koren Scott presented a stream of consciousness ink drawing on watercolour paper and gave carte blanche to successive artists to allow their psyche to take the drawing wherever it might go. 

Individual Works: 

Jesica Campbell presents four three-dimensional mock up of a prototype toy doll display in a discussion of her continuing investigation of Indigenous and Metis representation in popular culture. 

Penny Chase faced a physical challenge to her established process of creation as a result of a medical diagnosis, and was forced to embrace a new form of art making. As a result her beadwork paintings were transformed into six painted bead, or dot-work, acrylic paintings on canvas. 

Jessica Hauser re-finds her childhood passion for narrative drawing in four colourful illustrative ink drawings on paper. 

Debbie.lee Miszaniec presents four large scale banner-like acrylic canvases suspended from the ceiling in the gallery space. The colourful figurative paintings draw their inspiration from insights about the lifetime creative evolution of the artist as derived from the collaborative journal. 

Koren Scott installs a three dimensional installation of mementos on shelves in the gallery space. 

Covid-19 Salon Wall: 

Due to the unprecedented world event (Covid-19) which took place during the process of putting this show together, we realized we had an opportunity to address the idea of process in terms of how we as artists processed Covid-19. We have included a salon wall at the rear of the gallery space which displays eighteen of our Covid-19 artworks created in the past year as we examine the different ways the pandemic manifested in our work. Among the small scale works that will be displayed, Jessica Hauser was inspired by the influential women in healthcare coming to the fore during the crisis, Penny Chase found representations of Covid-19 creeping into her freeform drawings. Jesica Campbell introduced a ‘work from home’ doll to her toy prototypes, and Debbie.lee Miszaniec includes drawings from her Covid Chronicles sketchbook project.