Land And Scape is an ongoing series of paintings I have been making since 2013. I divide colour using line to create shapes. Land And Scape is the map of my imagination. I create the “land” very spontaneously and it takes little time. Then I create the “scape”, the “map”, by drawing lines to create the territories of my brain. The drawing is a slow process and can take anywhere from 3 hours to several days to finish.
I make watercolour or gouache paintings or monoprints on various surfaces like watercolour paper, vellum, and Yupo paper. Unlike watercolour paper that is made from cotton and absorbs the wet pigments, Yupo paper is a synthetic substrate that does not absorb the pigments; rather, the pigments evaporate, creating unique effects and residue of colours. Once the paintings are dry, I draw on them using an archival fine pen.
Paintings from Land And Scape have been featured in a solo exhibition called Tangled at Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto in 2015. This series has also been featured in The Elastic Effect at the Inclusive Design Institute, OCAD U, Toronto in 2015; Space Jam at Younger Than Beyonce Gallery, Toronto in 2016; and (Mus)interpreted at Daniels Spectrum in 2017.
Wish You Were Here
"Wish You Were Here" is a series of paintings that I made into greeting cards to celebrate Toronto's neighbourhood Thorncliffe Park, which is an underprivileged, overpopulated community of newcomer Canadians. These are contour drawings of my favourite places, which I scanned and then layered on top of gouache paintings.
This series was exhibited in 31x31: Making Moments into Movement at Mississauga Celebration Square, Mississauga in 2018.
Calm, Calm and Not
This series is of a synesthesia as a response of colours to sound. As an active observer of the environment around me, I find myself very insightfully associating the sounds I hear to how it makes me feel – the two most commonly identifiable feelings being calm and anxious. The process of creating “Calm, Calm and Not” consists of recording raw sounds that make me feel calm: the lake, walking in downtown; and then sounds that make me feel anxious: phone beeping and alarm ringing.
I used these four sounds to compose a three-minute music piece, which I then listened to while directly creating three paintings that I intuitively responded to with the music. Then, I created a three-minute film from the paintings using similar approach and techniques as in the “Make the Familiar Strange” project. As all four sounds and all three images overlapped to create the final piece, it reflects the complexity of feelings and reactions to everyday observances, especially of sounds, as they relate to one another.
This series received the 1st Place National in Still Art Award from Minds Matter Magazine, Toronto in 2016.