Function presents photography, video and installation by current IMA students.
Cullen Ritchie, 1st year
Born and raised in small town Ontario, Cullen Ritchie grew up with interests which were not extremely common in a town flooded with farmers. Cullen began experimenting with photography at age sixteen after inheriting a 35mm camera. With developing interests in art and film, photography fit in perfectly and became his primary format for imaging based on the lack of facilities to pursue other outlets in his hometown. This interest led him to pursue an education at Ryerson’s School of Image Arts, where there would be ample access to equipment and facilities to further develop and heighten his work. He is currently working to complete his degree and actively producing new work.
Isabel C. Peñaranda, 4th year
Isabel C. Peñaranda is a Colombian multimedia artist currently based in Toronto. Focused on exploring possibilities in video-art and sculpture, she combines her interests in experimental and analog filmmaking processes, animation, collage, and woodworking throughout her practice. Her recent work highlights themes of home and identity with a focus on viewer interactivity.
Cole LeGree, 4th year
Cole LeGree (b. Calgary, 1994.) expands on the artistic conventions of documentary and landscape art to explore how geography and place shape culture. By using the camera as a mediator, his photographs investigate historical myths of our relationships to land. Cole’s interest in photography has also been expressed through involvement in curation and engagement with archival materials.
Veronica Rouby, 2nd year
Veronica Rouby is a Toronto-based filmmaker and photographer. She studied photography at Ryerson University for two years before pursuing their Film Studies program. Her film practice involves experimental editing projects which remix and re-contextualize media, investigating the effects of editing on viewer perception. Her creative work often uses imagery of grotesque or imperfect feminine forms, including self-portraiture, as a rejection of the antiquated image of woman as a beautiful muse. Her self-portraiture in particular explores themes of the obstruction of self in the process of image-making.
Hayden Soule, 4th year
Hayden Soule is a Toronto based multimedia artist. His focus is programmatic visual art, though his artistic process spans graphic design, motion graphics, photography, film, generative and interactive programmatic art pieces, installations, and performance pieces.
Austen Ambraska, 4th year
Austen Ambraska is a Toronto-based fashion and portrait photographer. He approaches a variety of creative and commissioned projects with evident reverence for the subject.
Julia Kolberg-Zettel is a Toronto based photographer, finishing her final year in Photography Studies at Ryerson University. Photography is something that Julia has been doing for most of her life, taking pictures of her parents during their travels from a very young age. She believes that photography is an incredible way to capture the world from your own eyes and share it easily with other people.
Julia Kozak, 4th year
Julia Kozak is a passionate fourth-year student in Film Studies at Ryerson University. Growing up in Montreal, she cultivated a love for films by writing scripts and creating projects during her free time. For her, film has been a way to express her creativity and truly communicate her point of views. Interested in narrative and documentary, Julia loves to portray realism in all her work and especially to bring light on issues that are misrepresented in the media. She mainly focuses on subjects of womanhood, coming-of-age and femininity.
Evangeline Brooks, 4th year
Evangeline Brooks is a hybrid media artist currently completing a BFA in Film Studies with a specialization in Integrated Digital media and a certificate in Design for Arts and Entertainment. She works in the art department, commercially and for independent narrative film, and is pursuing a career in hybrid media installation art. Her work explores personal identity through abstract methods of self-documentation rooted in the post-internet landscape, with the media used sitting at the intersection of analog and digital.
Christina Oyawale, 2nd year
Christina Oyawale is a second year Photography student, primarily working with lens-based and experimental image making/design. They attempt to communicate themes that reflect the notion of the strangely familiar by concentrating on the humanistic aspects of everyday life. Their work at times a direct reflection of their personal experiences with identity which specifically revolves around documenting youth subculture and the human condition. Often stylized as fashion or documentary style photo based imagery and design.
Rebecca Collins, 4th year
Rebecca is a filmmaker currently based in Toronto. Primarily focused on making narrative short films, she has also made a plethora of experimental films and two experimental documentaries, using both digital and analog mediums. Interested in telling naturalistic stories, she strives to create a strong sense of realism and relatability through her narrative work, while using the outlet of experimental filmmaking for more abstract concepts.
Tia Bennett, 4th year
Tia is a multidisciplinary artist from Edmonton, AB currently based in Toronto where she is studying Film and Integrated Digital Media at Ryerson. Her work is mostly screen-based, having created short experimental films and animations. Tia’s earliest works played with editing and abstraction, and in the film program — while still focusing on her video-art — she turned to production design where she worked with sets and started to think spatially for the first time. In the future, Tia hopes to work with more interactive and immersive projects in a gallery setting, as well as further exploring merging new technologies like motion capture, virtual reality, 360 video, and 3D animation.
Constance Osuchowski, 4th year
Constance is a hybrid media artist currently based in Toronto Ontario. Her work explores themes of the body and of the self, through mediums both digital and tangible. She enjoys the physical act of making, and performing, as well as the more subtle arts of technology and using algorithms to create generative art.
Jared Miller, 4th year
Jared Miller is a Toronto born photo-based artist currently studying at Ryerson's School of Image Arts, working in his fourth year towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with specialization in Photography Studies. His practice focuses on systems of social imbalance, power, and representation through photo documentary and staged imagery. His current work explores the nature of collecting and objects within a capitalist economy, interrogating the very nature of object amassment and collections.
Haley Wilsdon, Alumni
Hal is a Toronto-based photographer currently earning her BFA from Ryerson University. She uses her own fears and insecurities to inspire her work, largely relying on her own participation in her projects to create them.
Durga Rajah, 4th year
I began my journey in photography at age eleven with a 35mm film camera. I continue to explore film and its idioms in terms of the contemporary processes of digital photography. I am interested in the formal and material aspects of photography, as well as in its potential as a medium for a more subjective expression.
Bryce Julien, 4th year
Informed by social and philosophical theories, Toronto- based photographer Bryce Julien explores the implications of the subject-to-photographer relationship while repositioning the image as a tool for theoretical thinking. Bryce is also interested in historical and alternative processes.
John-Paul Lue, Alumni
John-Paul is an image maker who creates installation and photo-montage works through the medium of photography, with an interest in the different ways of representing the image.
Kalen Huxham, Alumni
Born in Montreal, Kalen Huxham currently works out of Toronto, where he is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts at Ryerson University. He works with photography and video to create commercial documentary imagery that addresses community development, family history and issues of social inequality. Recently he has been working on a long-term documentary project in collaboration with Crosslinx Transit Solutions centred on the building of the underground Toronto metro system that will be finished in 2019.
Bahar Kamali, 4th year
Bahar Kamali is a lens-based artist whose work stems from an interest in cultural theory and philosophy. She holds a BA in Visual Studies from University of Toronto and is currently completing a BFA in photography at Ryerson University.
Elisa Chiocca D’Alfonso, 4th year
Elisa Chiocca D’Alfonso is a photography-based artist born in Toronto. Elisa has always had an interest in photography and portraiture, but it wasn’t until her post-secondary education that her photography veered into experimental, and conceptual art practices. Being exposed to artists such as Carolee Schneemann, Michael Snow, and Gregory Crewdson throughout her education, Elisa has developed an intense interest in portraiture, artificially constructed scenes, moving-image, and performance art. With formal training in studio and commercial photography, Elisa utilizes her knowledge of lighting in her creative practices. Themes within her work often surround that of the human condition, family, and self-evolution.
Caeden Wigston, 2nd year
Ontario-based photographer Caeden Wigston began taking photos of at the age of twelve in his hometown of Innisfil. Starting with his father’s iPhone and a couple of photo editing apps, he began his photography career by taking portraits of his family, friends, and whoever else would sit for him. At the age of sixteen he decided to pursue photography as a career and work his way towards Ryerson University, where he is currently studying.
Lucas Eastmure, 2nd year
Lucas Eastmure is Toronto-based photographer, currently studying at Ryerson University. Lucas is 23 years old, 6 feet tall, and weighs in at 168lbs putting him in the middleweight category.
Gabrielle Tyrie, 3rd year
Gabrielle Tyrie is a Toronto born artist and photographer. After attending Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, and exploring multiple mediums such as dance, drawing/painting and sculpture, she eventually landed on photography at Ryerson University. Gabrielle is most fascinated by themes of history both personal and canon, and expressions of love. Though based in photography, she still pulls inspiration and creates in other mediums.
Meagan Dickie, 3rd year
Meagan Dickie is a photo-based artist working out of Calgary and Toronto. She is currently studying in Toronto at the Ryerson School of Image Arts to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts. In addition to photography, she has a background in sketching, painting, and graphic design from preparatory art classes at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Meagan's organic aesthetics primarily come from her exposure to nature in her hometown of Calgary. Meagan's most recent series combines the two elements of anonymity and portraiture. She is also experimenting with mixed media by using her extensive knowledge of film photography and colour theory.