Toronto-Marks

$150/print

Each photograph is printed on canvas and mounted on a wooden stretcher. Click individual images to view sizes.

2016

Stencil Light Paintings

This series is very closely related to Toronto-scapes, Among Shades of White and Multicoloured. It is about the absence of cultural diversity in Canadian art. In the photographs, I am a part of the landscape, yet cannot be seen. In my place, I leave light prints of henna designs. While I find henna to be a part of my personal narrative, it is incorporated universally as a symbol of festivity, celebration, femininity and craft. The images of the cityscape with the henna patterns reflect my desire to integrate the concepts of my place in both the city and in artistic expression of the city. Instead of painting Canadian wilderness, a subject that is often linked with Canadian art, I want to photograph, beautify and transform the landscape that I live in. I want to infuse Canadian identity, which is so related to the landscape, with patterns familiar to the many immigrants who make up Canada’s population and nationality. This series broadens the associations we make when thinking about ‘Canadian art’. You may read more about my inspirations here: Overcoming the Canadian Wilderness.

Stencil light painting is a technique that involves flashing light through a stencil while the camera takes a long exposure shot. So while my assistant controls the camera, I move around the location flashing light through stencils. Because of the shot’s length, the camera only captures the light and the images have a beautiful, luminescence effect resembling stained glass.

Immersed

12x18 Hart House (1 of 1)

 

2016

Dimensions” 6′ x 4′

Oil Paint on Canvas

 

This painting is from a recent trip to Jasper, Banff and Yoho national parks. Although landscape paintings are often associated with unoriginality, especially since the birth of photography, there is an appeal in the physicality of a painted subject that other mediums do not offer.  The paintings in this series are derived from photographs that are works of art themselves. But to relive, understand, connect with  and truly see the landscapes represented, I had to paint the images. Only while painting could I hear the sound of the gushing water, breathe in the scent of  the fresh grass and feel the wetness of the rocks. They are a way for me to relive and share the experience of not just viewing but being immersed by landscapes pulsing with beauty.