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I capture time and place onto a two dimensional surface thus exploring interplay between perception and reality. I look at limitations on our perceptions, not just in how it affects what we see but how it develops social constructs and in understanding our society.
How much of our perception is cultural and/our due to our own experiences? How are beliefs formed or modified by how we see another person and what we consider important about how they look? What assumptions are we making based solely on visual perception?
Through my art I want to explore what is reality and how something is perceived using both interaction and multi-dimensional projects based on two dimensional work.
2017 International Color Awards: 3 Honorable Mentions: sports, silhouette, wildlife; 6 Nominations
2016 MPIO: 8 Prestige Awards, 7 Achievement Awards
2016 International Color Awards: Honor of Distinction and 3d place in Sports; Top Honorable Mention in Silhouette
Nominations: 2 in Fashion, 1 in Abstract
2016 Team Canada (CAPA), 4 Nations Competition, Sports (Surfacing)
2015 PPOC-BC Salon: Excellence: Experimental; Merits: Editorial, Fine Art, Fashion
2015 Best in Class PPOC-BC Fashion
2015 Best in Class PPOC-BC Experimental
2015 Special Award PPOC-BC Most Creative Image
2015 Represented Canada at the World Photographic Cup, Commercial
2015 Team Canada (CAPA), 4 Nations Competition, Open (Skytrain Tunnel)
2015 CAPA Bronze Medal, Vancouver International Photography Festival
2015 MPIO Fine Art Photographer of the Year
2015 MPIO Seven Best in Class Awards: Album, B&W, Editorial/Press, Fine Art, Maternity, Fashion, Pets
2015 MPIO Six Awards of Distinction
2015 MPIO Five Prestige Awards
2014 Winner PPOC-BC Top Fine Art Photo
2014 CAPA Gold Medal, VIPF
2014 Vancouver International Photography Festival: Best in Show
2014 MPIO (Master Photographers International); Awarded the prestigious MPF (Master Photographer in Fine Art)
2014 Duel Nominee at the 8th Annual International Color Awards: People | Storytelling , Silhouette
2014 HIPA finalist : open (Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award)
2014 Moscow International Foto Awards: Three honourable mentions:Advertising, Fine Art & Architecture
2014 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee: Architecture, Nude, Sport & Wildlife
2013 Represented Canada at the World Photographic Cup, Editorial
2013 Winner at the 7th International Colour Awards: Honorable Mention, Fine Art; Two nominations: fine art & editorial
2013 Winner PPOC Top Editorial Photo Canada
2013 PPOC-BC Photographer of the Year
2013 Winner PPOC-BC Top Press Photo
2013 Winner PPOC-BC Best First Entry
2013 Vancouver International Photography Festival, Capture CAPA Gold Medal
2013 Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Recognized as an expert in equine photography
June – Sept 2016: City Hall Galleria, Richmond Art Gallery, Solo Exhibition: Exploring Steveston: the Fraser, Richmond, BC
April 2016: Gallery at the Tsawwassen Library, Tabula Rasa Exhibition, Delta, BC
Nov-Dec 2015: Delta Arts Centre, Fraser River Landscapes, Eclectic 2, Delta, BC
February 2015: Photohaus Gallery‘s EROS, Male Nudes, Vancouver, BC, Canada
December 2014: Photohaus Gallery: Winter Salon. “Skytrain I & II”, Vancouver, BC, Canada
December 2014: Federation Gallery: Digital Exhibition, “Fraser River”, Vancouver, BC, Canada
November 2014: Federation Gallery: Ten Squared, three equine figures, Vancouver, BC, Canada
October 2014: Turkmen cultural images, Photohaus Gallery: Wanderlust, Vancouver, BC, Canada
September 2014: PHOTOgraphie, Roundhouse Gallery, four selected, curated by Mary Nealis and Allan Bailey,Vancouver, BC, Canada
March/April 2014: Mpls Photo Center‘s The Visual Narrative, curated by Susan Burnstine, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
February 2014: Photohaus Gallery‘s EROS, two nudes, Vancouver, BC, Canada
December 2013: Hijab 1 & 2 in Photohaus Gallery, Socialconciousness, curated by Katie Huisman, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Steveston based artist Kerri-Jo Stewart discovered a love of photography while capturing the beauty of the equine athlete. She has an extensive background with horses, including both as a competitor and researcher. Kerri-Jo has been involved in endurance riding for a number of years and was top five in North America in Competitive Trail Riding in Sweepstakes earnings and the Western Canadian Champion. She also has a degrees in exercise physiology and her masters research in exercise physiology studied performance in racehorses.
Kerri-Jo then expanded her new passion for photographing horses to capturing other things through the lens, although she tries to continue to include horses in her work whenever possible. Being an artist is just Kerri-Jo’s latest career after evolving through various jobs, including military officer, intelligence analyst, event coordinator, research scientist, horse breeder, mother and documentary photographer.
Travel has always been another passion, from running away in Chile as a teenager to cycling over 5,600 km throughout Europe to Nord Kapp (at 73 degrees N) as a young adult. Over the last few years Kerri-Jo has photographed events and celebrations around the world, earning numerous photographic awards and designations, writing articles in magazines and publishing several photo books. She has covered events in China (meeting with presidents and getting blessed by a Dala Lama reincarnate), Iran (twice, including living with a tribal community in the north for three months), Turkmenistan (nine times for Turkmen Horse events and once for their Independence Day celebrations), Uruguay (covering endurance horse racing) as well as a foodie and adventure tour in Argentina.
Movement intrigues Kerri-Jo and a single photograph simplifies reality down to a single moment that is lost to the human eye. She wants to capture that special moment, and explore what is reality in how something appears. Any change of time is a change of movement so by using camera movement and long exposures a moment is captured that can showcase something’s character in a unique way that is perceived but not normally seen. Her mixed media work reflects her personality through her perceptions, experimentation, and inquisitiveness. Kerri-Jo is always curious and her art is an exploration of how she sees the world around her.
“I portray what I see and my illusions can become questions for others to experience.”