Year of the Tiger


As part of the Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival in Winnipeg, 2022 CreateSpace artist-in-residence Kyla Yin James displayed their work “Year of the Tiger” on the exterior wall of the iconic Sherbrook Inn.

Project at a Glance

Location: Sherbrook Inn, 685 Westminster Ave, Winnipeg

Artist(s): Kyla Yin James

Year: 2022

Project Photographer/Videographer: Synonym Art Consulting and Rylaan Gimby

Services: Artist Capacity Building




month-long mural festival


artist mentors

8′x 8′

panel mural

About This Project

As part of the 2022 CreateSpace Public Art Residency, artist-in-residence Kyla Yin James exhibited Year of the Tiger which explores the place that anger holds in society, especially when displayed by those of marginalized genders. There is an oxymoron present in Western societies where marginalized people often only have their emotions taken seriously if expressed in an “acceptable” way.

“My goal when engaging with the public is to always leave people with a sense of wonder.”
– Kyla Yin James, Artist-in-Residence

Kyla Yin James explains, “I wanted to explore the “tiger mom” stereotype because it stands in stark contrast to other stereotypes of East Asians as submissive and obedient. When considered all together, they reveal a certain hypocrisy of how East Asians are seen both as docile and a threat depending on what serves present power structures the best. The symbolism in this piece pokes fun at these labels and asks the viewer how they are reading the maid and the tiger in the picture.”

It’s important for me, when working with public space, to be mindful of the space you’re in and also who lives there.
– Kyla Yin James, Artist-in-Residence


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About the Artist

Kyla Yin James

Kyla Yin James


Kyla Yin James (they/them) is an illustrator and designer whose work is inspired by mythology, the unconscious, subcultures, speculative fiction, and sociopolitical systems. Their work is filled with symbolism that creates surreal and speculative scenes questioning the status quo. They have a mural on display as a part of Vancouver Mural Fest and are currently working on their debut graphic novel. Kyla’s work has been featured in publications including Creative Boom, ROOM Magazine, Ricepaper Magazine, and Loose Lips. They have also worked with The Writer’s Union of Canada, InwithForward, Vancouver Foundation, Good Night Out Vancouver, and the James Black Gallery. Through their work, Kyla dissects and reassembles how they approach the different thought worlds they grew up in. Kyla describes their practice as thinking and feeling out loud, sorting through the symbols and ideas they’ve encountered.


Project Partners and Funders

This project is part of the STEPS CreateSpace Public Art Residency and Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival 2022 with Synonym Art Consultation.

Synonym Art Consultation Logo

The CreateSpace Residency is supported by the City of Toronto as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 – 2022, TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment, Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council. We also acknowledge the support of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation with funding provided by the Government of Canada.

CreateSpace Public Art Residency funder logos including City of Toronto, TD Ready Commitment, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Canadian Race Relations Foundation

STEPS believes that public art should reflect the diverse identities and perspectives of the communities that host it. Artists have a critical role to play in shaping cities, and our Artist Capacity Building Programs are designed to amplify the work of Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, female, LGBTTQQIAAP and newcomer artists in public spaces.

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