Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci (KIAM) were the City’s 2018 Artist in Residence team.
KIAM’s project, titled #YourWard, used images of each of Guelph’s wards to create six large-scale paintings that explore transitions in the urban environment. Their artistic style uses thick layers of acrylic paint and gel mediums, photographs and washes to create mixed-media paintings that draw attention to contrasting perspectives on one canvas.
To complete the pieces, KIAM asked the community to provide images of #YourWard and hosted a number of outreach events over the summer months to engage with the community and collect a variety of images.
“We asked community members to think about the places that reside in their memories of Guelph that make them feel proud to live in their ward,” says Amanda.
The final pieces were unveiled at the Art Gallery of Guelph during Culture Days weekend and will be temporarily displayed at City Hall until February 11, 2019.
KIAM is a collaborative husband and wife artist team. Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci each hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Guelph. The duo offer art classes and workshops from their own studio, Art in the Ward. KIAM was one of 22 submissions for Artist in Residence, twelve of which were from other Guelph-based artists.