Identity is the key theme for this 29-year-old photographer. As a woman of mixed heritage – Plains Cree (an indigenous tribe), Scottish, English and Dutch – she uses her surreal, beautiful self-portraits to explore ideas about home, the self, and possibilities. She’s already had enormous success early in her career – a solo show at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, New York, two years ago.
In a world full of performance art and digital sculptures, Japan-born Keita Morimoto is blazing a trail in the most traditional discipline: as an oil painter. At first glance, the 27-year-old’s works look like those of European Masters such as Rembrandt, or 20thcentury Realists like Edward Hopper. But instead of 17thcentury noblemen, his subjects are his peers in his adopted city, Toronto. He says that a combination of government grants, and supportive galleries and collectors make Canada a good place to be an artist – so much so that he’s been making a living as a full-time painter since graduation. “That kind of practice is virtually impossible in Japan,” he says.