Saskatoon, Treaty 6: Karen Polowick

photo credit: Jennifer Sparrowhawk

photo credit: Jennifer Sparrowhawk

Clever, kind, and so cool, Karen is one of my favourite humans in Saskatoon. Along with constant ongoing creative projects she is also the drummer for beloved Saskatoon band, Quinzee Town. Find them on Facebook to keep abreast of upcoming shows. Their next one is May 29th at Vangeli’s

KC: What kinds of projects are you involved in right now?

I have been drumming in the band Quinzee Town for the past year. I definitely have a lot to learn, but it has been so much fun, so I hope I get to keep doing it! I am also looking forward to working on a short film this summer (with you, Jennifer Sparrowhawk!) for The Great Saskatchewan Time Lapse project that Berny Hi is creating out of the Filmpool in Regina. Other than that, I am working on developing my art practice, which usually involves drawing and photography.

KC: What’s your day job? What do you like about it?

I manage the framing department at a local gallery/art supply store. It can be nice to work with your hands and to have a (hopefully) aesthetically appealing object at the end of the day. It’s the type of job that requires a lot of attention to detail, which I also find strangely satisfying.

KC: What’s challenging?

Being around other people’s artwork all day is great, but it can also be a bit frustrating as it highlights the amount of time I am not spending on my own art practice.

KC: What’s important to you?

Self-expression and kindness.

KC: What do you like most about Saskatoon?

There is a certain ease of connection for people in the arts here. There always seems to be opportunities to plug into for those who are interested. There are also some very dedicated people who are working for social justice in this city, who I admire very much. A great example of this is the new community organizing centre, The Stand. They are raising $ right now and could also use volunteers. Here is a link, if anyone is interested in getting involved: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/build-a-new-home-for-turning-the-tide-the-stand (just to be clear, I have not been involved in this project in any way. I just think it is the perfect example of what is great about this city, and I hope that people will considering donating/volunteering)

The potent smell of the Russian Olive trees when they start to flower near the end of June is amazing. Also, a small part of my brain (probably a part that has carried over from prehistoric times) likes knowing that I will never get lost here … at least not corporeally.

KC: What do you like least about Saskatoon?

The ridiculous cost of housing! At the end of the day, we are a town in the middle of the prairies. Let’s not go nuts.

KC: What is your impression of Regina?

The times that I have visited Regina have been for seeing family or for specific work/project reasons, so I can’t say that I know the city very well. I always enjoy seeing the curvy SaskPower building.

(From the Proust Questionnaire) What is your greatest extravagance?

I daydream a lot.

(From the Proust Questionnaire) Which talent would you most like to have?

I know it’s cliché, but I would like to be good at small talk. Imagine being good at small talk! What a relief that would be.