Bio (Last edited: July 2022):
Vincent (Vee CR) Chorabik is a Polish-Canadian artist living and working in Vancouver-Burnaby, the unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl ̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh) Nations.
They are an Artist, Educator, and Founder of the JAM Studios (648 Kingsway).

They are a Transdisciplinary Artist with an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 2021. Their practice includes installation, collage (digital and analogue), drawing, painting, collaboration, research, fun, play, etc. They use whatever medium best suits the conceptual and aesthetic nature of the project.

They Teach at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Canadian College. They've been working regularly as an Artist since graduating from Langara College in 2017, and Educating in various capacities since 2009.
Recently, they had a solo exhibition titled “What is Love?” 2022, that explored the complexities of romantic, platonic, community, and self-love with a particular focus on queerness and polyamory.
Using art, language, and education they aim to create a more LGBTQ+ and (dis)ability friendly world.
Artist Statement (Last edited: June 2020):
Through art, I work through themes of: environmentalism, LGBTQ+ identity, and pride/pleasure. These themes are presented through various media including (but not limited to) collage, drawing, painting, text, and audio. My style blends traditional western art with contemporary comic books as a means of teasing apart the relationship between “high” and “low” art.
During the summer of 2019, I decided to become a more eco-conscious artist and abandoned analogue painting and collage for digital mediums that produce less waste. In November 2019, I painted “Lioness” with my remaining acrylic paint on found fabrics as a means of honouring the materials and saying goodbye to them (particularly acrylic, which is essentially liquid plastic). Creating “Lioness” was a pivotal step toward reducing waste, celebrating queer identity, and empowering women and non-binary people to feel pride in their bodies regardless of their physical appearance (i.e. facial hair).  
While I have moved away from creating physical paintings, the spirit of “Lioness” moves with me in my digital practice. Currently I am focusing most of my energy into “Phann’s (Mis)Adventures” (2019-Present), a queer-fantasy narrative manifested in digital forms, as well as digital collages about the quarantine experience.
Because I want my work to be accessible and playful, I use a de-skilled, child-like drawing style for most of the content. I also use collage and reference art history as a means of queering the past and making new meaning of old stories. Example: my collage “Just what is it that makes yesteryear’s taverns so different, so appealing?” (2019) playfully juxtaposes various moments in art history and contemporary art, depicting characters in the background engaging in "The Last Supper" while the two protagonists (Gladys and Phann) caress each other with shutterstock hands.
Forms of high pleasure, such as chewing on philosophical quandaries and engaging in heroic acts, are balanced with low pleasure, such as humour and sex. These forms of high and low pleasure are reflected in the high and low art hybrid.
My goal in art is to create a playful and safe space to discuss environmentalism and LGBTQ+ identities. While I have abandoned physical art mediums, I will continue pushing the boundaries of digital art and carving out a space for queer narratives in contemporary art.
Vee CR (Vincent Aleksander Chorabik-Ratchford / Bianca Aleksandria Chorabik-Ratchford) is a TRANSdisciplinary Artist. Their practice is tentacular, gathering knowledge outside of art from various fields including Writing, Education, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Psychology. Their practice is currently focused on space and identity. In their thesis project PLAY House: The Art of Finding Queer Pleasure through FUN + PLAY, they express Queer Pain and find Queer Pleasure through self-portraiture, installation, and collaboration. They believe Queering Art in a FUN(ny) + PLAY(sure/ful) way is essential in creating an innovative and inclusive world. Thus, they use FUN + PLAY to facilitate positive engagement with potentially sensitive topics such as systemic oppression that generates Shame, Anxiety, and Depression. Vee’s overall practice, and more specifically PLAY House, affirms that FUN + PLAY is a successful strategy to reclaim Pride & Joy in one’s marginalized identity and/or experience(s).
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