graphica

2022 | Packing it In | the hipster’s guide to hitting the road with two wheels and dreams of a better kind of holiday
2021 |  eine Zimmerreise
2021 | The Lonely Planet (in progress)
2020 |
Bunny Goes to Copenhagen: A Picture Book for very Large Children | photo book
2020 | The One(s) That Got Away
2019 | Sisyphus
2017 | The Quickening
2016 | The Visitor
2010 | Winter
2008 | Teatime (1 & 2)
2007 | The One Night Stands
2007 | The Haircut
2006 | The Alteration
2006 | Upper Canada Chaps Society (the book)
2005 |
Carnival

blogs | web-based art

2020 | Only love letters | web-based art project
2014 | Zerzaust but unbowed | blog
2011-12 | Old coot draws dead things in scotland | blog
2015 | Instructables
2014 | tinker tailor stef lenk | DIY and misc. nonsense
2008-09 |
Courting the terrible master | blog
2008 | Tea and symphonies | blog
2007 | Upper Canada Chaps Society | blog
2006-08 |
stef lenk blogs again | blog
2005 |
Meanderings through a world-weary synapse | blog


museum | medical

2005 on  | medical-visuals.com
2017 | Sick! Reclaiming Illness in Comics | exhibition
2012 | Separating siamese twins | museum materials
2012 | Two Obstetric Dolls and Dr. Smellies Mechanical Labour Device | MSc practise-based medical art dissertation

diverse

EVENTS
2021+ |
The Taboo Symposium discussion group (curator | host)
2019-2020 | Death Café Berlin | monthly discussion group (host | moderator)
2007 | Playing Doctor | art installation / event

SCULPTURE | INSTALLATION
2015 |
Pier 9 Artists in Residence program
2003 | City in a Suitcase group show (Derby, UK)

FILM
1998 | Teef | short film (actress)
1999 | Pillowman | short film (actress)
1998 | Safe Distance (actress)

COMPLETELY NON-SEQUITUR
2002 | single wise female (stef lenk’s astonishing trousers)

City in a Suitcase

gallery art installation (Derby, UK)

Single Wise Female

(astonishing trousers and haberdasheried goods)

diverse

EVENTS
2021+ |
The Taboo Symposium discussion group (curator | host)
2019-2020 | Death Café Berlin | monthly discussion group (host | moderator)
2007 | Playing Doctor | art installation / event

SCULPTURE | INSTALLATION
2015 |
Pier 9 Artists in Residence program
2003 | City in a Suitcase group show (Derby, UK)

FILM
1998 | Teef | short film (actress)
1999 | Pillowman | short film (actress)
1998 | Safe Distance (actress)

COMPLETELY NON-SEQUITUR
2002 | single wise female
stef lenk’s astonishing trousers

bio

Stef Lenk is a Canadian artist and writer.
She lives in Berlin.

For graphic design and medical illustration work visit www.medical-visuals.com

grants | awards

2017 | Sociological Review Foundation | travel bursary & graphic novel Workshop
Manchester Digital Laboratory (UK)

2015 | Autodesk Pier 9 artists residency program (San Francisco, USA)

2012 | Best Exhibit (dissertation work) University of Dundee (Scotland)
2011 | Institute of Medical Illustrators | student scholarship


2011 | Institute of Medical Illustrators | Pat Turnbull travel award
 (UK)
2009 | Ontario Arts Council | exhibition assistance grant
 (CA)
2008 | Xeric Foundation | self-publishing assistance grant

 (USA)
2008 | Ontario Arts Council | emerging artist grant

 (CA)
2005 | Book Publishers’ Professionals Association | scholarship (CA)

panels | teaching

2022 | Anarchic scribbles with ballpoint pen: a drawing workshop and ode to the bicycle
Freilauf Fahrrad Festival
2019 |
a Dialect of Images: Examining the translation of text to comic in an adaption of Kafka
(seminar workshop leader) | Freie university (Berlin)
2018 |
Sisyphus in graphic narrative and the academy: building bridges between practise
and theory in artistic research’
| Drawing Yourself In and Out of It: 2nd International Comics Conference | speaker. | (Amsterdam)
2018 |
Constructing Space, Building Place: Topographies of Comics and Visual Narration
poster presentation 
University of Cologne (DE)
2018 |
Illustrating and illuminating 
the space between process 
and product in graphic narratives’ | 
Graphic Medicine conference | Center for Cartoon Studies (White River Junction, Vermont, USA)
2017 | Sketching in Practise Symposium | workshop leader
Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, CA)
2017 |An Alphabet of Peripatetic Lines: on reading (and ‘writing’) wordless stories
(workshop leader) Graphic Medicine conference (Seattle, USA)
2017 | Sociological Review Foundation Graphic Novel Workshop
Manchester Digital Laboratory (UK)
2017 | Understanding wordless comics’ | Anatomy of the Image conference
speaker | Monash university (Melbourne, AUS)
2016 | Transitions: New directions in Comic Studies | workshop leader
University of London | Birbeck College | (London, UK)
2016 | Pathography and Graphic Medicine: The Genres of Pathographics
workshop | Freie university (Berlin)
2009 |No Rules, No Budget, All Fun! How and why you should make comics’
invited panelist | Word on the Street literature festival (Toronto)
2007 | Nuit Blanche “Graphic Novel Cabaret”
(event organized by the Toronto Public Library and the Beguiling) | invited panelist (Toronto)
2007 | Art Gallery of York University and 
“The Spot” community centre
workshop (leader)  in DIY, small press, comics 
and book-making (Toronto)

exhibitions (selected)

2021 | Brave New World (Berlinklusion | online curated group show and presentation)
2020 |
This is an intervention (group exhibition/art event) (Berlin)
2019 | Fiction Canteen | reading from The Ones that Got Away (Berlin)
2019 |
Medical Comics
 | University of Vienna medical school (Vienna)
2018 | Fumetto Comix Festival | Satellite exhibition (Lucerne, CH)
2017 | SICK! Kranksein im Comic
 | Berlin Museum of Medical History (Berlin)
2015 | Pier 9 Artists-in-Residence 
final exhibition | Autodesk San Francisco (USA)

2014 | Fabrica Vitae | Group Exhibition | 
part of the Vesalius Continuum (Zakynthos, GR)


2012 | Masters Exhibition
 | University of Dundee (Scotland)

2011 | Stroke Art Fair Berlin
 | exhibitor with X-Lab Gallery (Berlin)


2011 | Random Acts of Graphite | 
solo show | X Lab Gallery (Berlin)


2011 | The Reading Raum
 | group show at Etsy Labs gallery (Berlin)


2010 | The Wunderkabinett
 | group show at La Bastellerie (Berlin)


2009 | Derailed | curated group exhibition
 | Sacred Heart University Gallery of Contemporary Art
(Connecticut, USA) 

(sponsored in part by the 
Ontario Arts Council)


2009 | Comics to the Rescue: Comic Artists and Writers Save Literature
Scream Literary Festival

 (Toronto)
2007 | Playing Doctor | York University Gallery of Contemporary Art (Toronto)


2006 | Alley Jaunt
 | Curated group show

 (Toronto)
2006 | Mercer Union 
members show

 (Toronto)
2005 | Bobby Five Gallery
 | exhibit with Julie Campagna
 (Toronto)

comic festivals etc.

2018/2020 | Settel und Stift Skizzenfestival (Görlitz, DE)
2018 |
Graphic Medicine comic festival | Centre for Cartoon Studies (Vermont, US)
2018 |
Grafit Skizzenfestival (Erfurt, DE)
2018 |
Fumetto Comix Festival | Satellite exhibition (Lucerne, CH)
2010 | Erlangen International Comic Salon |(Erlangen, DE)
2008 | Festival International BD Angoulême (Angoulême, FR)
2007/09 | Toronto Comic Arts Festival
 (Toronto)
2007/08 | Waysgooze book arts fair
(Grimsby, Ont)
2007/08 | Expozine indie book festival (Montréal)
2007/08 | Speakeasy Comic show 
(Toronto)

2006-10 | Museum of Comic/Cartoon Arts (MoCCA) festival (New York)

2006-09 |  Canzine indie arts/book festival (Toronto)
2006-09 | Word on the Street book fair
 (Toronto)
2007 | This is Not a Reading Series 
book launch of The Haircut 
Gladstone Hotel 

(Toronto)
2006 | Ontario College of Art and Design 
book arts fair
 (Toronto)

bibliography

2021 | Anatomy of the Medical Image (contributor) | Brill press
2018 | PathoGraphics: Narrative, Aesthetics, Contention, Community
(interview and comic) | Penn state university press
2011 |  The Beginning is the End 
| contributing illustrator (X-Lab Gallery)

2010 | No More Potlucks 10
2010 |  Descant literary journal (Dance issue)

2006-10 |  Brick Literary Journal 
issues 77/78/ 81-85

2009 | nomediakings.org | 
a self-publishing comics primer
2009 | Top Shelf 2.0 | guest artist

2006-08 |  Kiss Machine magazine

2008 | Queer Zines | survey anthology by Philip Aarons and AA Bronson of Printed Matter NY (collage/illustrations)
2008 | THIS magazine | ”[Read This] TeaTime“
2008 | Rue Morgue (issue 79) | “Blood in Four Colours” spotlight on The Details
2007 | Broken Pencil magazine (issue 37) | 
The Haircut (excerpted)

2007 |  Broken Pencil magazine (issue 35)
 The Alteration (reviewed)

2007 |  Geist magazine issue 66

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