2018-19 Programming

For 2018-19, WIA is focusing on the work of artist/researchers with an international perspective view as they deal with issues, fears, phobias and challenges. 

Fall 2018: Julia Pereira, Toronto, ON.

Julia Pereira is an illustrator whose work varies across the board, but focuses on telling compelling stories through images and engaging her audience in emotionally and politically engaging designs. In her exhibit for fall 2018, she, as an emerging feminist artist, re-frames myths by providing us with open narratives that challenge us to question our deepest fears, desires and beliefs.   

Julia is currently attending OCAD University, majoring in Illustration and minoring in Creative Writing, and working as a Curator-In-Residence and Designer for WIAprojects.

Winter 2019:
Marilú Ríos Guerrero, Mexico  https://marilurios.weebly.com/

Marilú Ríos Guerrero (11/11/87) is a Mexican artist that works with organic or reusable materials in different communities in a trans-disciplinary, rhizomatic, critic and processual way.  She has won several international grants and awards, has made six individual shows, and more than 20 collective exhibitions around the world. She has a Visual Arts and Media Degree at CEDIM, Mty. Méx. (2010), achieving the Summa Cumm Laude award and Honors; also a Diploma in Neuroaesthetics and Neuroscience, UNAM (2017), Art Therapy and Human Development (2012). At the moment she is completing her master’s degree in Environmental Arts at UNAM Méx.

Since the Earthquake of 1985 at Tlatelolco in México City, nobody had taken care of 12 damaged pillars that were supposed to hold a roof of a walking pathway. The space was quickly perceived as a visually unpleasant and insecure place. Since 2013, the community and I transformed together this abandoned space into a  vertical medicinal community garden. To make this happen, first we had made different activities of integration and capacity building, and then we gardened together, and took care of the plants. We built a community around this process and transformed the environment.

Spring 2019: 
Elizabeth Cope: Menopause http://elizabethcope.com/
(prints of paintings from the "Menopause Series")

Monday May 6, 2019 - August 25, 2019 
Opening Monday May 6, 5.30pm - 7pm

Irish Artist Elizabeth Cope was born in 1952 in Co. Kildare. She currently lives and works in Co. Kilkenny.
Her art has been exhibited in galleries all over the world during the past 20 years and is found in many important public and private collections.

I have to acknowledge the impossibility of preparing the viewer for Elizabeth Cope’s Menopausal Paintings. Uncompromisingly visceral and imbued with a dark sense of humour that just about rescues you from the grand shudder, these are large, seriously powerful works, with a strong experiential emphasis…
Should we take the feminist perspective and see these paintings as studies in cultural and biological entrapment? I think the artist stops us from taking so detached a position by rubbing our noses in the experiential extremes.
Sandra Gibson

Marilú Ríos Guerrero & Elizabeth Cope will be our international artists-in-residence for WIAprojects/CWSE for 2018/19.