VIRTUAL VITRINE: A Pursuit of Unrelinquished Joy

A Pursuit of Unrelinquished Joy

By Natalie King

August 1 – September 14, 2021View on the Virtual Vitrine (link release on Sunday!)

In this time-lapse video piece, Natalie King spends time in their Tkaronto studio creating works for upcoming projects. The paintings in this work are to address time/space/joy/absence and presence; a proactive measure to take up space and to be seen with respect and Anishinaabe pride. 

King believes the act of painting/creating is an act of radical resistance and joy, this work is about time and it’s limitless potential for joy and creation. Time is often used as a means of control in a world where our time is not valued unless it is to maintain capital. Labour is an often unnoticed and unrecognized aspect of being a working artist. In this piece, King shares with the audience the process of creating these works, within all the fun, demands, work, and joys. 


Natalie King is a queer interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist, facilitator and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King’s arts practice ranges from video, painting, sculpture and installation as well as community engagement, curation and arts administration. King is currently a Programming Coordinator at Xpace Cultural Centre in Tkaronto.

Often involving portrayals of queer femmes, King’s works are about embracing the ambiguity and multiplicities of identity within the Anishinaabe queer femme experience(s). King’s practice operates from a firmly critical, anti-colonial, non-oppressive, and future-bound perspective, reclaiming the realities of lived lives through frameworks of desire and survivance.

About the Virtual Vitrine

Trinity Square Video’s vitrine space is a small window gallery located in the 401 Richmond building. It is dedicated to showcasing works by emerging artists, works-in-progress, as well as supplementary extensions of larger works. The Virtual Vitrine platform is an online version of this space, created in order to safely present works in 2021 without the impact of unpredictable Covid-19 restrictions and stay-at-home orders.