Since 2015 April White has painted over four hundred self-portraits.
April White is a St. John’s-based artist who works with performance, watercolour, and animation to examine involuntary bodily actions that are commonly seen as vulnerable or embarrassing such as yawning, waking up, sneezing, laughing, and crying. In her recent project Sneeze, funded by ArtsNL and the City of St. John’s, she paints and animates her face stretching, blowing, dripping, and squinting as it endures a sneeze.
April holds a BFA in Visual Arts with concentration in printmaking, performance, and sculpture from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2017, April won the VANL-CARFAC Emerging Artist Award, received the $5000 Cox and Palmer Pivotal Point Grant, and showed her installation It’s okay to be tired in the local HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival and Charlottetown, PE’s Art in the Open Festival. She has been part of national and international exhibitions, and has shown her work all across Newfoundland including her 2016 solo exhibition A Day in the Life Of at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and 2015 solo exhibition Every day I wake up at Eastern Edge’s rOGUE Gallery. In 2018 April will attend the Spark Box Studio Artist Residency in Prince Edward County, ON and the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture Artist Residency in Dawson City, YT.