Women’s Art Project (WAP) Collective
Mere Bodies or Something More?
AUGUST 20 TO 25, 2018
Alternative Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 12 - 5 PM
Reception: Friday, August 24, 5 - 8 PM
In life, we think of our experiences thus far, and what the future holds for us. But when faced with our own mortality, we think of things we took for granted, and what else we could’ve done better. Health is often the catalyst for change, leading us to question life, death and thereafter.
Regardless of lifestyle, the body seems to have a language of its own which manifests through physical, changes. And our transformation takes us from where we were to what we become.
We also share an emotional connection through indirect experiences. Events such as bearing witness to the birth of one life, or grieving the death of another are indirect experiences which allow us to explore the meaning of body as a vessel. "Can we fully comprehend that which makes a body more than just a mere body without the direct experience of its absence?
In Mere bodies or something more? the Women’s Art Project (WAP) Collective takes an introspective look at the human body as a physical and spiritual vessel. The multidisciplinary exhibition features work in mixed media, assemblage and photography. Through their art the collective shares their understanding in dealing with health changes while contemplating mortality and spirituality.
Zoraida Anaya, Lisa Fox and Michelle Montague are members of Women’s Art Project (WAP) Collective, a Toronto-based, multidisciplinary and diverse group of artists. The artistic intentions of the collective is to make experimental work in a supportive, inspiring and collaborative environment.
The manipulation of found objects is a source of inspiration for Zoraida's assemblage work. She also uses books to make collages. She has exhibited across Canada and the United States. Art residencies are fundamental to enrich her artistic practice.
Lisa is a photographer and mixed media artist. She finds inspiration from the camera’s ability to bring her own reinterpretations of time, space, memory and reality to life. Her work has been exhibited in Maine, New York and Toronto.
Michelle is a mixed media artist. Her works and style transport the observer from the real world into the realm she creates through her use of organic shapes and lines depicting and entirely different universe. Michelle has exhibited in galleries and public spaces in Toronto and Montreal.