Boots & Pine


Alicia Nauta in Bloorcourt

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Grimsby (small town), then moved to Fenwick (smaller town) and 8 years ago moved to Toronto for school.

What do you do for a living?

I work at Xpace Cultural Centre as a Programmer; we show work by student and emerging artists, as well as put on workshops, events etc. I’m also an artist.

How did you get started?

I went to OCADU for printmaking. I got into screenprinting there and now my practice falls under what I like to call Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe: collage, screenprinting, installation, bookworks, occasionally weird paper mache and a growing collection of found oddities.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

I love my neighbourhood! I’ve lived in this area for 6 years now, and in my current house for almost 4. I like being close to Dufferin Grove Park for the firepits, Salvation Army and Value Village are just down the street, delicious food of all kinds, like South Indian Dosa Mahal, also I’m close to my studio Punchclock…..

What’s the last treasure you found?

OK! I got some cool stuff recently. I found a Public Enemy cassette that someone taped themselves, with the tracklist written by hand in a childish scrawl on masking tape. I also got a paper mache mummy off of Craigslist Free Section- and it turned out that it was from a lady just one street over from me! When I rode up to the house on the second floor there was a light on in one of the rooms and I could see a paper mache King Tut head on the wall. I wonder why they didn’t want the mummy anymore.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

Last meal, I’d have to say a hot dog over a fire on Gibraltar Point on the Island, after a day of swimming and reading on the beach. I can’t wait until Summer.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Dorthy Parker. What a woman.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

X-Files theme song!

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

More affordable housing/studio space! And more vitamin D.

See Alicia’s work on her blog.

© 2012 Arden Wray