Exquisite Corpse PARLOUR GAMES Donna Balma and Nadina Tandy


Exquisite Corpse Parlour Games

Donna Balma and Nadina Tandy

Dear Friends and Art lovers,

This last fall a magical collaboration between respected visionary artist Donna Balma and Nadina Tandy birthed a playful, inspired and surreal collection of a number of Exquisite Corpses. As a result of this collaboration, Donna and Nadina have been invited to exhibit and share their collection and the game with the public at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council, in Sechelt, BC.

 July 5 -30th Opening Reception July 8th 2-4pm

Meet the Artists July 15 @ 1:00pm

Sunshine Coast Arts Council, 5714 Medusa in Sechelt, B.C. CANADA

Surrealist artists played collaborative, chance-based parlour game, typically involving four players, called Cadaver Exquis (Exquisite Corpse). Each participant would draw (or, in some occasion , paste and image down) on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal their contribution, and pass it on to the next player for his/her contribution.”
— Museum of Modern Art

Exquisite Corpse Parlour Games

It was an invitation to tea that started it. The creative collaboration between Donna May Balma and Nadina Tandy began in the fall of 2016 as a whimsical thing, an amusement. Over cookies and tea and talk of art and life they began playing the surrealist parlour game, 'Exquisite Corpse'. Originally based on a collaborative poetry game, 'Exquisite Corpse' was adapted by members of the Parisian surrealist movement in an attempt to 'draw a poem' of unexpected ideas and imagery.


In the days and weeks that followed, illustrated heads, torsos and feet began flying back and forth between the two artists in decorated Mail Art envelopes, dutifully delivered by Canada Post.

Once each received the other's contribution, the receiver would add to the previously drawn, scratched or collaged, but hidden image. This addition was then folded and concealed and mailed back to the previous contributor for them to add to. And so it went.

The result was a series of images of unexpected, but connected expression of colour and form. Now, this collection of 'Corpses' has grown into a village of surreal imagery and an unusual, unedited and beautiful body of work created by two artists of imagination and talent.


Donna Balma is an innovative and prolific Canadian artist and is a member of the West Coast Surrealist Group. Her work is profoundly affected by nature and her internal vision. Donna has established herself as an imaginative artist who's work has been variously described as fantasy, singular, outsider, visionary, naive, classical, folk, cosmic pop and surreal while she considers it simply painting the reality of her dreams and fantasies.


As a young child, Nadina Tandy used to draw on every surface she could find: inside book jackets, on door jambs, the underside of tables.“I had this constant impulse to make my internal world visible.” Currently living on the Wild West Coast of B.C. Nadina continues to make her internal world visible. The essential nature of Tandy's work in various media might be summed up as forceful sensitivity, a combination of elements that leads to her vibrant and moving art.


Sunshine Coast Arts Council Exquisite Corpse Parlour Games Donna Balma and Nadina Tandy

July 5 -30th Opening Reception July 8th 2-4pm

Meet the Artists July 15 @ 1:00pm

Sunshine Coast Arts Council, 5714 Medusa in Sechelt, B.C. CANADA


Up-coming Group Exhibits  

 'The Sunshine Coast Pavilion'

JUNE 29-30, 2017 Gibsons Public Art Gallery

'Exquisite Corpse Palour Games', Donna Balma and Nadina Tandy

JULY 5-30, 2017 Sunshine Coast Arts Council

 '50 Canadian Things' This exhibition is based on stories from the book "A Number of Things" by Jane Urquhart. AUGUST 2-20, 2017 Sunshine Coast Arts Council

 Eleven Equal Artists presents : 'Power of Paint' AUGUST 18, 19, 20, 2017 Seaside Centre