CV/Statement

Statement
I have a fascination for autobiography and the recording of life experiences. I am an obsessive, but selective, documenter of daily minutiae, anecdotes, and other (in)significant events. Everything I experience is a story and everyone I encounter is a character. My memory is a subjective archive. Notes, sketches, and photographs make up the bulk of my ongoing research, focusing on moments of absurdity within the mundane, wackiness within the ordinary. Humour and exaggeration are as important to me as honesty and authenticity. By playing the roles of both character and creator/curator in my work, I design a version of my reality that is a caricature of itself.

Education
2015 University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Fine Arts – Honors Specialization in Visual Arts with a Minor in English for Teachers, London, ON

Exhibitions
2017 softcraft, Good Sport, London, ON (upcoming – as co-curator)
2017 THING, Good Sport, London, ON (as curator)
2016 Keepers, Forest City Gallery, London, ON
2016 Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Fesitval III, Arts Project, London, ON
2016 Coping Statements, Good Sport, London, ON (solo)
2015 In Kind, Forest City Gallery, London, ON
2015 Choose Your Own Adventure, Satellite Gallery, London, ON
2015 VAULT, ArtLAB, Western University, London, ON
2015 Annual Juried Exhibition, ArtLAB, Western University, London, ON
2014 Yes/No, ArtLAB, Western University, London, ON
2014 Nuit Blanche, Dundas Street, London, ON
2014 Turnover, Concourse Gallery, Western University, London, ON
2014 Barehead 1581, ARE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2013 Under Pressure, John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, London, ON
2013 In A Pinch, Eleanor A. Pearl Gallery, London, ON

Notable Performances and Tours
2017    Slut Island Festival, Bar Le Ritz PBD, Montreal, QC – July 20-22 (as YARD SARD)
2017    Sled Island Festival, Local 510, Calgary, AB – June 20-25 (June 20-25 – as Shhh)
2017    Testing, Testing, Museum London, London, ON – June 4 (as Megan Arnold – with Christof Migone)
2017    Grickle Grass Festival, Children’s Museum, London, ON – May 27 (as Shhh)
2017    European Tour – Ghent, Leuven, Berlin, and Prague – April 24-May 4 (as Shhh)
2017    ON/QC Tour – London, Guelph, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal – February 10-24 (as Shhh)
2016    London Girls Rock Camp, Fanshawe College, London, ON – July 6 &19 (as YARD SARD)
2015    Winter Spectacular Festival, 121 Studios, London, ON – December 16-20 (as Shhh)
2015    VAULT, ArtLAB, Western University, London, ON – March 20 (as Megan Arnold/Shhh)

Recordings
2016    Be Quite, digital album (as Shhh)
2016    Cool Creamy Dreamy Me Me’s, digital EP (as YARD SARD)
2015    Warm Days Off, digital single and B-side (as Shhh)
2014    Shhh Gets Sentimental, digital EP (as Shhh)

Selected Published Works
2016    Nihilist Dog Walks Away From Home Demo, self-published (with Maverick Summers)
2016    Untitled zine with Amanda Lawinger-Marczak, self-published (edition of 60)
2016    Teeth Dream, comic strip for 4Panel.ca (coloured by Mark Laliberte)
2016     Coping Statements, self-published silkscreened and letterpressed book (edition of 30)
2016    Birthday Burgs, comic strip for 4Panel.ca
2015     Four Hours Twice A Week zine, self-published (limited run)
2014     Untitled Nihilist Dog minicomic, self-published (with Maverick Summers)
2014     Good Listener Volume 1 minicomic, self-published (limited run)
2014     Dailies Dec 2013-March 2014 minicomic, self-published (limited run)
2013     Valuable zine, self-published (limited run)
2013     Sorry zine, self-published (limited run)
2012     The Best of Nihilist Dog minicomic, self-published (with Maverick Summers)

Community Work and Events
2017        Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival Co-Programmer, London, ON
2016-17    Studio Member/Gallery Facilitator at Good Sport, London, ON (good-sport.ca)
2016        Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair, Central Library, Hamilton, ON
2015-present     Contributor for LondonFUSE (www.londonfuse.ca)
2015         Kazoo! Print Expo, Mitchell Hall, Guelph, ON
2014-present     Contributor for Weird Canada (www.weirdcanada.com)
2014-present     Music Show Host at 94.9 CHRW, London, ON
2012-16     Rag Bag Bazaar, various locations, London, ON
2011-15, 2017 UP with ART Fundraiser for the Unity Project, London, ON
2011         Youth Council, Museum London, London, ON
2009-12     Imadon Expressions in Chalk Festival, various locations, London, ON

Arts Employment
2017        London Arts Council Jury Panelist: Indigenous Artist-in-Residence, London, ON
2017        Zine Workshop Instructor, London Public Library, London, ON
2017        OAC Jury Panelist: Writer’s Works in Progress – Comic Arts, Toronto, ON
2015-16    Retail Clerk/Store Manager, Bijan’s Art Studio, London, ON

Residencies
2016 SparkBox Studio, Picton, Prince Edward County, ON – February 22-March 6

Awards and Grants
2015        Dean’s Book Award, Annual Juried Exhibition, Western University
2011         Faculty of Arts and Humanities Entrance Scholarship of Excellence
2011         Harriett M. Giddens Admission Scholarship
2011         CAW Local 88 Bursary Award
2010         Best in Show Award, Imadon Expressions in Chalk Festival
2009         Best Student Award, Imadon Expressions in Chalk Festival

Press
Wearing, Eleanor: “New Canadiana :: Shhh – Be Quite”, 19 May 2017. <https://weirdcanada.com/2017/05/new-canadiana-shhh-be-quite/&gt;
Creces, Gerard: “This Other Time at Bandcamp”, 20 March 2017. <https://londonfuse.ca/bandcamp-gems-2-searching-london-ontario/&gt;
Doyle, Joey: “Shhh – Be Quite”, 6 March 2017. <http://www.citr.ca/discorder/march-2017/shhh/&gt;
Wu, Ming: “Shhh and Intervention @ Off Peak Green Barn”, 25 February 2017. <http://photogmusic.com/shhh-intervention-offpeakgreenbarn/#jp-carousel-35910&gt;
Brennan, Mark Anthony: “5 on the Fly: Crims&Flow, Shhh, Expanda Fuzz, Year of Glad, Titanium Tunnels”, 8 December 2016. <http://ridethetempo.com/2016/12/08/5-fly-crimsflow-shhh-expanda-fuzz-titanium-tunnels/&gt;
Foster, Madison: “NEW MUSIC: Shhh! – Be Quite”, 16 November 2016. <https://shewolfradio.com/2016/11/16/new-music-shhh-be-quiet-bedroom-popgarage-rocklondon-on/&gt;
Brennan, Mark Anthony: “[Listen] Shhh – Gym Linkesque”, 15 November 2016. <http://ridethetempo.com/2016/11/15/listen-shhh-gym-linkesque/&gt;
Foster, Madison: “NEW MUSIC: Yard Sard – Cool Creamy Dreamy Me Me’s”, 9 September 2016. <https://shewolfradio.com/2016/09/09/new-music-yard-sard-cool-creamy-dreamy-me-mes-bedroom-popgarage-rocklondon-on/&gt;
Yard, Vanessa: “Local Music Month Exclusive: Megan Arnold of Shhh”, 14 January 2016. <https://chrwradio.ca/content/local-music-month-exclusive-megan-arnold-shhh&gt;
Reaney, James: “Contemporary art illuminates core”, London Free Press, 13 June 2014. <http://www.lfpress.com/2014/06/12/contemporary-art-illuminates-core&gt;