The Stone & Sky team is excited to add two new artists in residence to our 2020 season!
Nola Cooks started doing stand up comedy at the age of 19 in Calgary, AB. Which made her audition for the Humber Comedy Program in Toronto, because Alberta is terrible. There she received the 2011 Eugene Levy Writing Award, and she continued to perform around Toronto and New York. She’s appeared at Yuk Yuks Toronto, Broadway Comedy Club, Gotham comedy club, and The Laughing Devil. Nola has also hosted a number of comedy nights and produced her own stand-up shows From Fat Katz to “This is what good comedy looks like” Show. After relocating to Toronto, Nola exposed systemic racism within the University of Windsor’s film program with her article “Confessions of a Deservedly Angry Black Woman”. Currently, she’s establishing a non-profit in support of Black, Indigenous, People of Color filmmakers who work with analog photography and film to provide them with DIY resources to tackle misrepresentation in the media.
Talysha Bujold-Abu (she/her) is an artist, illustrator, and arts educator – she holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Windsor (2018) and is recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award – Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity (2018). Talysha is currently the Gallery Manager & Membership Coordinator with Arts Council Windsor & Region, a non-profit organization that programs and supports all disciplines of the creative arts.
Artist Statement: Exploring the liminal space of mixed heritage identity, Bujold-Abu addresses shifting interpretations of perceived difference – blackness as both a label and state of being. Through this work, she interrogates both implicit and explicit racism, acting as participant and witness to shifting interpretations of racial hierarchies. Talysha Bujold-Abu is a second generation Canadian, of Ghanaian and French Canadian heritage.