Jessica Karuhanga

© Jessica Karuhanga, The trip, and the fall, and the lost heap of longing, 2014. Photo Henry Chan.


Jessica Karuhanga holds a BFA honors specialization in studio arts from The University of Western Ontario and a MFA from University of Victoria. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Open Space and Deluge Contemporary (Victoria), Art Mûr (Montréal), and Whippersnapper Gallery (Toronto). She has performed at The Ministry of Casual Living (Victoria), and in Toronto at The Theatre Centre Pop-Up and the OCADU Student Gallery.

I draw on everyday rituals and moments, witnessed and experienced, exploring the emotive and affective propensity and possibility of these sites to evolve into meaningful embodied performances, drawings, and videos. These varied pulses or modes of expression are at once self-reflexive and reflective of one another other and the unfolding and multi-layered cultural locations I inhabit. My role is that of a visual and aural mark-maker, burrowing, borrowing and collaging materials (a sound, an object, a gesture) from the daily refuse I encounter. I envision my current wave of work and its internal performative spine as potential sites of redemption, meditation, and reflection.

Jessica Karuhanga







Books & Ephemera

Artist Orange

Just as a performance artist uses their body as their medium, this is a fragrance composed entirely of the orange tree: fruit, leaves, bark, roots, and flowers. Artist Orange performs itself.

Top Notes

neroli, blood orange

Middle Notes

fresh orange juice, petit grain

Base Notes

orange twig, orange seed