I have been M.I.A but for really good reasons. Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is just around the corner and we are very busy with final details and working very hard towards the big day(s). I will tell you more about it shortly. That being said, I am participating in a great group show at Harbourfront Centre with a number of phenomenal artists this summer. Dwell, curated by Melanie Egan and Robyn Wilcox invites us to examine dwelling as both a physical and psychological concept and how that effects our relation to objects, space and the body.
My response: Since I started the #collagediet at the end of 2015, I have been dwelling on subtleties, small gestures, vignettes of thought and floating fragments. I have put myself on a rigorous research into minimizing, simplifying and stripping down to essentials in different aspects of my life, mainly in my art. It has not been easy. But I think I have managed to crack the code with these collage works. The attention here is on these very small fragments that are simple, minimal yet still possessing rich characters.
You will have a chance to see a selection of my collages along with the works of Diyan Achjadi, Helen Liene Dreifelds, Stephanie Flowers, Michelle Forsyth, Amanda McCavour, Suzanne Nacha, and Jocelyn Reid.
joins us for the opening night on Friday, June 23, 6–10pm. This is a free public opening party for Harbourfront’s Summer exhibitions with a cash bar and snacks 😉
Exhibitions run from June 24 – September 17, 2017.
The pink pieces here turned out to be my favourite ones. I really like the simplicity and folds of the third piece here. More pieces to come as I am closing this challenge! Follow the end of this #collagediet on instagram.
I only have 6 more weeks to go till the end of this challenge. I am not going to lie! I am bit a tired of it and I am dragging my feet. At the same time, I have a strong desire to end this endeavor on a high note with something different which itself is more challenging than the challenge itself. I am pressed for time these days and I feel that I need a break in order to come up with new ideas. However instead of listening to myself about taking a break, I decided to push a bit more and started taking print making courses at Open Studio. Some ideas are bubbling in my head that I am trying to explore with a different medium but taking the course was like opening a Pandora Box…. will tell you more about it.
I had used the same pieces below in 2011 in my atlantis painting and it was interesting to stumble upon the same images (from a Prada editorial) in a old Vogue again and use them entirely differently. Looking at that painting and these works on paper, makes me realize how much my work has changed during this year-long collage on paper challenge. I have come from meticulous collage work, dense and busy compositions and colourful palettes to these minimal and focused works on paper. I still consider this current body of work more of a study and research. However I know despite my previous longings for going back to canvas and paint, I know that I won’t at least for a while! I think I am drawn more and more to the intimate feel of paper and I want to expand on these works and embark on another set of research. Completely different ideas have started brewing in my head since subtle fragments exhibition and I know they will surface one of these day. Enough of me being so vague….
As it is the story these days with me I am running behind posting my works (not making them…) so I will post week 41 shortly to catch up with myself.
I was doubting the composition of the first piece but there is something about its angle and its sense of movement that I liked so I kept it. These pieces and last week’s are once again creature like and I have responded to the texture with tiny filaments. The last pieces is a continuation of my stitching work. All good fun!
I am running behind again. As you know I was busy with the show last week which was great by the way and I will tell you about it when I get a chance. Here are the pieces from last week. Week 38 and Week 39 are mostly fragments of one piece so they work well together.
My love affair with Chanel continues. These are also from the same spread as last week‘s. These guys are very gentle on paper. I love their vibe, calmness and subtlety. I had a hard time capturing their true colours in pictures so in person they have more personality (as we all do). I might bring them to the show this week at Propeller Gallery. They fit perfectly with the theme of subtle fragments.