Micky's Artist's Statement:
My work explores our place in the world in its broadest sense.
WE CAN NO LONGER HAVE EVERYTHING THAT WE WANT… BUT WE CAN BE MORE THAN WE EVER IMAGINED.
This is part of an on-going attempt to re-kindle the spirit of the Earth as a community and to celebrate it. Working in solitude as an artist does, I have a sense of our universal connectedness.
Micky Renders is an artist/educator/activist. Her studio work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at ARTSPACE artist-run centre in Peterborough, and the Art Gallery of Peterborough in 2011. Finding Joy, a 50 foot long body of 26 paintings, was purchased in 2013 and donated for permanent installation at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.
Micky works tirelessly to promote social justice and inclusion -- employing the transformative power of the arts. She often engages a broader community in her projects. Micky is a director and a co-founder of the SPARK PHOTO FESTIVAL. OUTSIDERS2012 (with Kim Renders) was one of the most popular open call events selected for Nuit Blanche in Toronto 2012 and was featured on the cover of NOW Magazine. She has curated several major group shows including Still ReFrame for ReFrame International Film Festival and Lovers in a Dangerous Time for AIDS2006 International Conference in Toronto.
In 2011, Micky received the YMCA Peace Medal. She received a Civic award for Cultural Betterment in 2012 for her work with ReFrame. She teaches visual art at an adult alternative high school and was nominated for the Ontario Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year Award in 2012. She is grateful for the grants and support she has received for her work over the years.
She is grateful for the grants and support she has received for her work over the years.