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Open Studio Artist in Residence | Sonali Menezes

May 1 - June 5

Open Studio drop in hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 1-5pm

Welcome Cinq à Sept: Friday, May 3, 5-7pm

We're pleased to welcome Sonali Menezes, who will be taking up residence at Struts till June 5. We are kicking off her residency with a new tradition - a Welcome Cinq-à-Sept. Drop in for a refreshment, say hello, and meet the new artist. We’ll also be launching our summer calendar.

While at Struts Sonali will be working on the manuscript for her book Depression Cooking: feeding yourself under the crushing weight of capitalism. Sonali will be expanding on her 2022 zine to include more writing, illustrations, tips and recipes for eating while depressed. Sonali will be hosting a Mac N' Cheese party on Saturday, June 1 (more information to come). In the meantime, members of the public are welcome to drop in for a studio visit Tuesday - Thursday, between 1-5pm. As part of her ongoing experiment "has the artist been fed?", Sonali welcomes offerings of your favourite snack. All foods welcome except cilantro - yuck. In return she will make you a cup of tea.

Sonali is a Hamilton-based multidisciplinary artist and writer. She holds an Honours BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and is the youngest of triplets. While her work spans many mediums, she has been most recently focused in zines, video and printmaking. In 2019 she was the recipient of the City of Hamilton’s Emerging Artist Award in Media Arts. Sonali’s cookbook zine Depression Cooking won Broken Pencil Magazine's Zine Award for best info zine in 2022. She loves the way zines take artwork off of the white walls of galleries and puts it directly into working peoples’ hands. Sonali is obsessed with food and finds herself making art work about it often. She makes art as a way to find meaning under the crushing weight of capitalism and the unending anxiety of the climate crisis.



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