affect / effect… features large scale abstract paintings and prints by 4th year Visual Art Studio student Vaiva Slapsys.
Everything that we do as people has an effect on someone else, and everything that we come into contact with affects us is some way. Our emotions are constantly shifting, able to be flipped one way or another in the blink of an eye, delicate and forever changing, easy to manipulate, affected by all that is around us. Although we all experience the unpredictability of our emotions as a normal part of our every day lives, we are often asked to put these feelings away as invalid or unimportant, and rarely do we have the opportunity to explore how we are feeling and truly reflect on it.
My work focuses on these emotional effects that we express with our bodies, and how that expression can, in turn, affect another. Using large motions with brushes, my hands, other various assorted tools, and pouring methods, my canvas is stained and marked in immediate ways that reflect the emotions that I feel while I work, and invite viewers to connect with these emotions and reflect on what it brings up for them. The size of the work envelops the viewer, allowing them to wholly sit with what they feel and to give them the opportunity to reflect. My work also includes intricate detail through the use of sewing, embroidery and detail painting work that asks the viewer to come closer, to pay attention, and to really allow themselves to be engrossed by what they see and what they feel.
The show will also include print media that complements the large abstract paintings. My print-making focuses on the effect that a place or time can have on memory. Nostalgic screen prints filled with photographic imagery, whimsical colours and both representational and abstract shapes, bring us back to a specific time or place in our memories and ask viewers to reflect on what kinds of feelings are being harboured there.
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm
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The State of Not Knowing is an exhibition works on paper by Ernesto Hidalgo (print media) and Deanna Gisborne (painting & drawing).
Artist statement: Ultimately, a search for our complicated identities is at the heart of our work, whether this is manifested by obscuring the body, multiplying form, collapsing into a writhing vortex or creating dream-like worlds where animals and humans intersect. We try to reconcile contradictions in ourselves, made possible through the unbounded language of art. All of this probing of the self-conscious mind is expressed in bodies, trying from all angles to reach that same conclusion and achieve resolution: Who am I, and how can I grasp this ever-evolving self? This question is, of course, unanswerable, but we continue this cycle indefinitely, because we are human, and we are curious.
Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm
Bearing Witness, Holding Space: Black Caribbean Migrant Women and The Literacies of Belonging
Talk by CFR Visiting Graduate Student and CERLAC Visiting Researcher Warren Harding
Chaired by CFR Director Dr. Enakshi Dua
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Location: 280A York Lanes, York University, 4700 Keele St
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. York Lanes is not a scent-free environment. FREE event. All are welcome.
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Warren Harding speaks to the ways in which late twentieth-century Black Caribbean migrant women use their creative expressions to develop spaces that interrogate meanings for belonging, both on and beyond the page.
Caribbean women writers and cultural producers enact “bearing witness” and “holding space” as practices that radically transform literary, performative, cultural, and everyday practices of belonging. Interiority, relationality, imagination, materialization, and mobility are integral themes between these women’s gendered, raced, migrant, and Caribbean experiences.
Four questions guide this research: 1) How do Black Caribbean migrant women writers and cultural producers’ embodiments of “bearing witness” and “holding space” create a radical politics of belonging? 2) How do these embodiments expand what it means to belong in spite of heteropatriarchal, anti-Black, nativist, and colonial enactments on the world? 3) How can fieldwork enhance the study of Black women’s literary and cultural productions? 4) How do Black Caribbean migrant women’s experiences reshape the discourses of language and nation between the African and Caribbean diasporas?
Warren Harding is a PhD candidate (ABD) in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and a Visiting graduate student with CFR.
While pursuing his PhD, he earned an A.M. in Comparative Literature at Brown through the Open Graduate Education Program and an A.M. in Africana Studies. Warren also earned a B.A. with Honors in Africana Studies and History from Oberlin College where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. He is currently conducting fieldwork in Toronto on twentieth-century Black Anglophone Caribbean migrant women in Toronto where he is researching the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection at the Toronto Public Library and conducting interviews with Black Caribbean migrant women writers, publishers, and performers in Toronto.
Co-Sponsors: Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University.
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