A minimalistic retreat from the city was the aim of Makkovik artist Jessica Winters in designing this space. The single queen bed can sleep up to two guests, with bright windows overlooking the quiet street below. The ensuite washroom features a standup shower, hairdryer and toiletries provided by local companies Tuckaway Farm, Apiary & Apothecary and East Coast Glow. Modern amenities include cable television with Netflix, free WiFi and a bluetooth speaker.
|Shared Kitchen, Dining, & Living Area
Provided by Tuckaway Farm, Apiary & Apothecary and East Coast Glow
|Cable TV, Netflix
|Iron/Ironing Board (at request)
|Close Access to Medical Transportation Service
The Artist’s Vision
Being from a small indigenous community, I grew up seeing the same people and familiar landscapes, buildings and places my whole life, so when I moved to St. Johns in 2013 for University, I felt over-stimulated by my new surroundings. Simple tasks like going to school or to the grocery store often left me feeling exhausted – I know I can’t be alone in this experience. Based on that, I wanted to design a room for guests that was minimal – quiet in a visual sense, where people could decompress from their big day in the city.
I have artwork done by Ella Jacque and Bronson Jacque to provide a sense of home, and I wanted to have a nice cozy chair in the space for anyone who may need it, like elders. Even though my primary goal was to make the space feel comfortable and familiar, I tried not to compromise style to do so – I hope people feel like they’re having a nice getaway in this space.
I wanted to design a room for guests that was minimal – quiet in a visual sense, where people could decompress from their big day in the city.Jessica Winters
Jessica Winters is a painter, printmaker and textile artist from Makkovik, Nunatsiavut, NL. Winters attributes her artistic practice to her family of established craftspeople; her mother and grandmother, Blanche and Nellie Winters, are celebrated textile artists. Winters has been heavily influenced by her studies in biology, and hopes to use her work to advocate for the preservation of Inuit culture, values and surrounding environment. She was introduced to curatorial work when she curated Billy Gauthier’s first major solo exhibition, Saunittuinaulongitutloni, at the Rooms. In Makkovik, she is a full-time employee of the Nunatsiavut Government as the Community Energy Lead. This year, Jessica has been awarded the UNAAN LLP Innu/Inuit Artist’s Grant and the Arts and Minds Canada Tilting Artist Invitation Award for a residency in Tilting, Fogo.