Midnight in the Garden, 2023, 36x48", Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas
I am so honoured to have had a painting selected for the Mississauga Art Gallery Juried exhibition.
Midnight in the Garden refers to both the idea of a natural garden and the garden as metaphor for beauty and joy. It reflects a deep sense of foreboding about the future of our terrestrial garden and our place within it. My process is iterative, a lengthy dialogue of gesture and response with the painting. Here, the many lush, expressive layers of acrylic, graphite, pigment and crayon have become concealed, leaving only moody traces of their passage. A dark time in the garden. My hope is to evoke pathos for the beauty that was here, and perhaps inspire better stewardship.
The Art Gallery of Mississauga Juried Show this year features work from 45 emerging and established artists across Ontario. Jurors Noni Kaur, Sara Mozafari and Ed Pien, chose the artworks based on the images and anonymous artist statements provided. Their choices are reflective of the broad range of subject matter, techniques, and approaches that came forward in this open call.
The exhibition includes sculpture, textiles, photography, drawing, and painting, as well as interactive, digital, and multi-media works. The artists tackle environmental and political issues; draw inspiration from philosophy, music, and art history; and convey the intimate struggles and resilience of their friends and family.