Residuals (住み・墨) (2020)

Residuals (住み・墨) draws visual, textural, sonic, and physical influences from the art of Japanese calligraphy, driven by a desire to explore my personal and ancestral history. As a first generation Japanese-Canadian, my earliest tastes of creative expression were through traditional art forms such as calligraphy. Calligraphic brushstrokes inform movement, music, and film, forging a meeting between my Japanese heritage and my work as an artist. Residuals (住み・墨) is part of an on-going journey of self-discovery in which the layers of one’s identity begin to unfurl, alongside themes of cultural displacement and fragmented feelings of “home”.

This project is supported by the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.


Creation/performance: Shion Skye Carter

Collaborators: Ziyian Kwan (mentor), Tomoyo Yamada (dramaturg), Stefan Nazarevich (composer), Colin Williscroft (video design)

Special thanks to my calligraphy instructor Yoko Murakami and Gladstone Japanese Language School in Burnaby, BC.


“Open Studio Series” at Kinetic Studio in Halifax NS, February 7th + 8th 2020

HUNCH Festival in Vancouver BC, May 14th 2020 (**cancelled due to COVID-19)

Premiere at Tangente in Montreal QC, October 29th-Nov 1st 2020 (**postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19)


Photography: Lula-Belle Jedynak