oualie frost, Artist – “Calgary”

oualie frost is an interdisciplinary artist and writer currently based in “Calgary” (Mohkínstsis/Treaty 7 lands). Their practice explores and works through personal experiences of mental health, neurodivergence, and (bi)racial challenges using humor, video performance, text, and critique. Needing to find and validate intuitive and alternative ways of making outside of capitalism, their process focuses on efforts of accessibility and inclusion. Their work is included in the group exhibition I Am Telling You I Am Really Here on display until December 19 at Franz Kaka.

  1. The Sims

I can remember the first time I ever typed “rosebud;:;:;:” I love being able to live vicariously through my sims, and something about child-me always making queer sims before I realized I was makes me laugh. In the pandemic, it’s refreshing to be able to go around a simulated world and live a life unfettered by genuine problems.

  1. Jerk marinade

While I can and do make jerk from scratch, there are also two store-bought brands I really like. Since it’s premade, it’s easy to use like a condiment, which I do. Jerk is a comforting flavor to me, so it goes on everything.

  1. Black metal

(Image source: overthrust3.bandcamp.com)

No, I’m not talking about the genre, though I love that too. I’m talking about Black people making and enjoying metal. I’m trying to write a short series on it, and have found some great music. Lately, I’ve been listening to Crackdust and Overthrust from Botswana.

  1. Microwave cookbooks

I have over sixty different microwave cookbooks for various occasions. There’s something novel about the idea of cooking an entire four course meal with rack of lamb in the microwave, but I also appreciate the sort of feminist context behind their existence.

  1. Work Ethic by Helen Molesworth

This book has been my go-to this semester. Though not particularly diverse, it feels relevant to my creative life right now. It covers lots of artists in the 1960s and 1970s who tried to challenge and critique our ideas of art and art making, including artists whose works I’ve long admired like Valie Export and Chris Burden.