graphica

2022 | The Lonely Planet (in progress)
2022 | Packing it In | a shameless hipster’s guide to hitting the road with two wheels, a dream, and a whole lot of first-world privilege
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

drawing | painting

2018+ | instagram
2021 | Brave New World
2021 | Zimmerreisen
2021 | Still lives (KHB residency)
2015 | online sketches
2014 | What’s in a Head
2011 | Random Acts of Graphite
2009 | The Dictionary Project
2004 | Inside Sylvia Plath’s Oven
2003 | Gravely Disturbed
2002 | 12 Reasons I wasn’t allowed…

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


Only Love Letters

Zerzaust but unbowed

Old Coot Draws Dead Things in Scotland

Instructables

Courting the terrible master

Tea and Symphonies

Upper Canada Chaps Society

stef lenk blogs again

Meanderings Through a world-weary Synapse

tinker tailor stef lenk

museum | medical

2005 – 2022+ | 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

medical-visuals

Sick! exhibition

Separating siamese twins

Two obstetric dolls ...

diverse

2021+ | The Taboo Symposium | discussion group (curator | host)
2019-2020 | Death Café Berlin | monthly event
2015 | Pier 9 Artists in Residence program | 3d art
2020 | Bunny Goes to Copenhagen: A Picture Book for very Large Children | photo book
2007 | Playing Doctor | art installation / event
2003 | City in a Suitcase | art installation
1998 | Teef | short film (actress)
1999 | Pillowman | short film (actress)
1998 | Safe Distance
2002 | single wise female | stef lenk’s astonishing trousers

Taboo Symposium

Death Café

Pier 9 Artist-in-Residence program

Pier 9 Artist-in-Residence program

Bunny Goes to Copenhagen

Playing Doctor

City in a Suitcase

Pillowman

Teef

Single Wise Female

bio

Stef Lenk is a Canadian illustrator, writer, and graphic designer. She lives in Berlin.

For more about her 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)

2014 | Autodesk Pier 9 curated 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

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. | (Amsterdeam)
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)
2007 | This is Not a Reading Series 
book launch of The Haircut 
Gladstone Hotel 

(Toronto)

exhibitions (selected)

2021 | Brave New World (online)
2020 |
This is an intervention (group exhibition/art event) (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

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)
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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