Eleventh House

Eleventh House is a digital project exploring the rituals of astrology reading and horoscope writing. Inspired by both Western and Lunar traditions, writers and artists have created horoscopes for the coming year, some approaching the cultural phenomenon of astrology with cynicism, and others with earnestness. Eleventh House features original work by Meg Prosper in Heartbreak Horoscope, Walter Scott in Toxic Astrology, annieanniewongwong and Emmie Tsumura in Kindred Trines, and Meech Boakye and Dainesha Nugent-Palache in Signed Advice.

At the time of this publication launch we are in the midst of a global pandemic, COVID-19, which has affected virtually every part of the world in drastic ways, economically, physically and psychologically. To protect ourselves and one another, we are being asked to stay in our homes, to isolate from our communities and to settle into uncertainty. Named for the celestial location of community, supporters, friendships, hopes and dreams for the future, and good fortune through networks, Eleventh House is for those seeking respite from the feelings of separation and anxiety this moment has provided in abundance.

Each zodiac and corresponding horoscope reflects on romantic relationships, platonic companionship, toxic individualism and opportunities for collective vigilance. Together, they remind us of the ways–real or imagined–the stars, the planets, the unknowable and unseen affect our lives, and the tonic offered by turning towards rituals of acceptance, healing and community building.
 

April 2020
Koffler.Digital
Artists: Meech Boakye, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Meg Prosper, Walter Scott, Emmie Tsumura, annieanniewongwong

Curator & Editor: Letticia Cosbert Miller 

Design: Natasha Whyte-Gray


Eleventh House is a digital project exploring the rituals of astrology reading and horoscope writing. Inspired by both Western and Lunar traditions, writers and artists have created horoscopes for the coming year, some approaching the cultural phenomenon of astrology with cynicism, and others with earnestness. Eleventh House features original work by Meg Prosper in Heartbreak Horoscope, Walter Scott in Toxic Astrology, annieanniewongwong and Emmie Tsumura in Kindred Trines, and Meech Boakye and Dainesha Nugent-Palache in Signed Advice.

At the time of this publication launch we are in the midst of a global pandemic, COVID-19, which has affected virtually every part of the world in drastic ways, economically, physically and psychologically. To protect ourselves and one another, we are being asked to stay in our homes, to isolate from our communities and to settle into uncertainty. Named for the celestial location of community, supporters, friendships, hopes and dreams for the future, and good fortune through networks, Eleventh House is for those seeking respite from the feelings of separation and anxiety this moment has provided in abundance.

Each zodiac and corresponding horoscope reflects on romantic relationships, platonic companionship, toxic individualism and opportunities for collective vigilance. Together, they remind us of the ways–real or imagined–the stars, the planets, the unknowable and unseen affect our lives, and the tonic offered by turning towards rituals of acceptance, healing and community building.
 

April 2020
Koffler.Digital
Artists: Meech Boakye, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Meg Prosper, Walter Scott, Emmie Tsumura, annieanniewongwong

Curator & Editor: Letticia Cosbert Miller 

Design: Natasha Whyte-Gray


Meech Boakye

Meech Boakye is a visual artist & illustrator studying at the University of Toronto. Their drawings use magical realism and vibrant colors to illustrate narratives that are often left unseen. Their studio work explores the inherently political nature of viewing the mundane as uncanny. Referencing the root of the word meaning, un-homey, their work references the domestic through practices of gardening, baking and collecting.

Dainesha Nugent-Palache

Through her performative video works and photographs, Toronto-based artist Dainesha Nugent-Palache explores the dichotomies and paradoxes inherent in representations of Afro-Caribbean femininities. With an exuberant approach to colour and display, Dainesha's work often negotiates with forms of glamour, excess, and other photographic strategies inherent to the visual cultures of capitalism. Dainesha’s artwork flirts with anthropological and archaeological realms, often produced as a result of her familial digging. Her practice is concerned with visualizations of Black diaspora across pasts, presents, and speculative futures, producing portraits and other still life-based works. | dainesha.com

Meg Prosper

Meg Prosper is a creative writer and storyteller. Living in the hyphen of cultures, she works to bring light to issues surrounding identity, visibility and self transcendence. She is the co-founder of the contemporary brand broke&living. She currently works as a program coordinator for the creative arts initiative, The Remix Project. | isthatmeg.com

Walter Scott

Walter Scott (b. 1985) is an interdisciplinary artist working across comics, drawing, video, performance and sculpture. His comic series, Wendy, chronicles the continuing misadventures of a young artist in a satirical version of the contemporary art world. Wendy has been featured in Canadian Art, Art in America, and published online on the New Yorker. It was selected for the 2016 edition of Best American Comics, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York. Recent exhibitions include Slipping on the Missing X at Macaulay Fine Art in Vancouver, The Pathos of Mandy at The Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, and Extension of Doubt, at Cooper Cole, in Toronto. Walter was recently an artist-in-residence at the ISCP, in Brooklyn, New York, in 2019. His new graphic novel, Wendy, Master of Art, is available from Drawn and Quarterly in Spring 2020. | wwalterscott.com

Emmie Tsumura

Emmie Tsumura is a Toronto-based cultural producer, primarily working in illustration and graphic design. Guided by research into Japanese folk tales, her work documents an ongoing process of negotiating Japanese settler/colonial identity, and relationships to the urban environment. She aims to build a socially-engaged practice, exploring art activism and solidarity within a fast and furiously forgetful urban and mass media landscape. | emmie-tsumura.format.com

annieanniewongwong

annieanniewongwong is a writer, multidisciplinary artist, and a human being born in the Chinese Canadian diaspora. Working with myth, ghosts, and sometimes her mom, @annieanniewongwong is the instagram-alter ego of Annie Wong, who you will not find in Canadian Art, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, or Performance Research, but in the basement of Chinatown Centre snacking on duck hearts and giving tarot card readings. | anniewong.co
 

Meech Boakye

Meech Boakye is a visual artist & illustrator studying at the University of Toronto. Their drawings use magical realism and vibrant colors to illustrate narratives that are often left unseen. Their studio work explores the inherently political nature of viewing the mundane as uncanny. Referencing the root of the word meaning, un-homey, their work references the domestic through practices of gardening, baking and collecting.

Dainesha Nugent-Palache

Through her performative video works and photographs, Toronto-based artist Dainesha Nugent-Palache explores the dichotomies and paradoxes inherent in representations of Afro-Caribbean femininities. With an exuberant approach to colour and display, Dainesha's work often negotiates with forms of glamour, excess, and other photographic strategies inherent to the visual cultures of capitalism. Dainesha’s artwork flirts with anthropological and archaeological realms, often produced as a result of her familial digging. Her practice is concerned with visualizations of Black diaspora across pasts, presents, and speculative futures, producing portraits and other still life-based works. | dainesha.com

Meg Prosper

Meg Prosper is a creative writer and storyteller. Living in the hyphen of cultures, she works to bring light to issues surrounding identity, visibility and self transcendence. She is the co-founder of the contemporary brand broke&living. She currently works as a program coordinator for the creative arts initiative, The Remix Project. | isthatmeg.com

Walter Scott

Walter Scott (b. 1985) is an interdisciplinary artist working across comics, drawing, video, performance and sculpture. His comic series, Wendy, chronicles the continuing misadventures of a young artist in a satirical version of the contemporary art world. Wendy has been featured in Canadian Art, Art in America, and published online on the New Yorker. It was selected for the 2016 edition of Best American Comics, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York. Recent exhibitions include Slipping on the Missing X at Macaulay Fine Art in Vancouver, The Pathos of Mandy at The Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, and Extension of Doubt, at Cooper Cole, in Toronto. Walter was recently an artist-in-residence at the ISCP, in Brooklyn, New York, in 2019. His new graphic novel, Wendy, Master of Art, is available from Drawn and Quarterly in Spring 2020. | wwalterscott.com

Emmie Tsumura

Emmie Tsumura is a Toronto-based cultural producer, primarily working in illustration and graphic design. Guided by research into Japanese folk tales, her work documents an ongoing process of negotiating Japanese settler/colonial identity, and relationships to the urban environment. She aims to build a socially-engaged practice, exploring art activism and solidarity within a fast and furiously forgetful urban and mass media landscape. | emmie-tsumura.format.com

annieanniewongwong

annieanniewongwong is a writer, multidisciplinary artist, and a human being born in the Chinese Canadian diaspora. Working with myth, ghosts, and sometimes her mom, @annieanniewongwong is the instagram-alter ego of Annie Wong, who you will not find in Canadian Art, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, or Performance Research, but in the basement of Chinatown Centre snacking on duck hearts and giving tarot card readings. | anniewong.co