Monday, February 24, 2020

Window Box Gallery


My dirty laundry… by Elaine Stewart

Sept13- November 23, 2020
Window Box Gallery
Gallery 1313,
1313 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

My dirty laundry, as installation, reflects on two of my most appalling experiences with the medical industrial pharmaceutical complex. It is an ambivalent response as the system that rescued me is the same system that undid me.
The psychiatric drugs that I fought against taking to halt my post partum depression induced a psychotic break. My resultant suicide attempt, as a result of this break, left me with one functional limb and a wheelchair. I continue to consume psychiatric drugs; I have not been able to roll away from them. They continue to interrupt my thinking and functioning and making processes.



Elaine Stewart immigrated to Canada from Scotland at a very early age and has worked with threads and fabrics for much of her life. Her family history is bounded by textiles. When older, she started at the Toronto School of Art and began to incorporate textiles, threads, and found materials into her practise. She focusses on both movement- and mind-structured-by-disability supports in two- and three-dimensional installations.
Elaine appreciates the textures that textiles provide, whether it be rags wrapped in wire, muslin ripped, torn and dyed a multitude of colours, or thick and thin threads; they add an organic, emotional edge to her work.
She has participated in Present Tense, Inclusive Arts London, Bridging Forward Accessible Arts Festival, and showed her work online for The Gynocratic Art Gallery. She also participated in Project Creative Users at Artscape Youngplace during Nuit Blanche and Community Creates Change at Wychwood Barns Gallery.
Elaine Lives in Toronto.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

ARTIFACTS and WIAprojects Terminalia 2020 Event: Walking Women Feb 23, 5.30 - 6.30PM Grange Park, Toronto



The global festival of Terminalia is about boundaries and borders, real, historical, fictional, imagined, and marks places of beginnings, endings and thresholds. ARTIFACTS and WIAprojects join Women Who Walk exploring the cusp of night for Terminalia.

For ARTIFACTS, this event is another stage in their continuing project ARTISTS@WORK intended to indicate/enact the razor’s edge precariousness of women artists’ lives and labour here played out at the physical edge of two nationally respected art institutions: Art Gallery of Ontario and OCAD University. Raudvee and Patterson will circle the park, in concert and communion, with other Women Who Walk worldwide, imagining boundless potentials for women’s safety, health, housing, creativity, and access.

The synchronised walk will start in Grange Park at 5:50 PM on February 23 (sunset is at 5:58 PM) and we will walk about 30 mins. Those who are interested may join us in the main lobby of OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street between 5:30PM - 5:45 PM. All bodies are welcome!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Tari Ito - Window Box Gallery

Opening Feb 5 and running until March 17th in the Window Box Gallery... Tari Ito's
Video/Installation: Before the 37 Trillion Pieces Get to Sleep


Tari Ito is a feminist performance artist who lives in Tokyo, Japan. Seven years ago, Ito was initially diagnosed in 2014 with a neurologic disease called SMA. But in October 2019, it was announced that, as a result of genetic testing, she now has ALS. The disease initially progressed rapidly and as a result she has become confined to a wheelchair. Ito has had to necessarily review the creative expectations she has of her own body. After a four year break from performance, Ito took part in LIVE Performance Art Biennale 2019 with the North American premiere of Before the 37 Trillion Pieces Get to Sleep, a new project which addresses the crucial reality, and the inhabitants fear, of the “invisible” presence of residual radiation in Fukushima following the March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster. This 2019 performance marked Ito’s return to the Western Front three decades after her first performance in 1990. The Window Box Gallery exhibit marks a similar span of time as she returns likewise to Toronto with this exhibit/video.