JULIA ABRAHAM
NICOLE CLOUGH
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LAUREN DZENIS
KIRA KASTNER
DUAA MANSOUR
ALEXANDRA SANDISON
DIANNE SHAWCROSS
MACY SIU
JOL THOMSON
RACHEL WALLACE

artist statement

Expectations shape everyone’s life course, ideals, and beliefs. My work examines how and when these expectations are formed. This includes the moments of guarded triumph when these expectations are believed in to the fullest extent, such as during the teenage years. This bored, instable optimism lends itself to possibly the most interesting and most hostile, yet softly vulnerable period of time.

Expectation can be derived from anything, including pervasive and invasive media. Source imagery was chosen from various blogs, networks such as Facebook, and the vast array of paparazzi photographs of different celebrities. These celebrities gain a sort of sainthood status through their placement on pedestals, and our anticipation of their continued life performance. This includes our expectation and glee in downfall, sacrifice for entertainment, and destruction of identity – as it is the idea of the person being worshipped and not the celebrity themselves.

Through the use of dripping and decay, the moments of expectation are lost and void, leaving only a disjuncture between beliefs and reality. This is continued in other work, which considers expectations and frustration with regards to self as well as to others. My work examines expectations and how we feel whether what we expect from life comes to fruition or not.

 

 

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EDUCATION

2005 – present Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
•   Visual Studies, Biology
University of Toronto-Berlin, Berlin, Germany
•   Summer Abroad Program, 2007

EXHIBITIONS

2007 – 2008 Chancellor’s Student Art Exhibit
•   Simcoe Hall, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Woodsworth Residence Art Exhibit
•   Woodsworth College, Toronto, Ontario
2005 – 2008 Eyeball Art Exhibit
•   1 Spadina Crescent, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Oakville Trafalgar Art Show
•   Oakville, Ontario

ART-RELATED EXPERIENCE

2008 Blackwood Gallery, Gallery Attendant
•   Mississauga, Ontario
2003 – 2007 E.J. James P.S., Arts Department Volunteer
•   Oakville, Ontario