October 6 - 27, 2021
Residual States by Ingrid Mayrhofer
Two series of collagraphs address climate change and extinction, survival and renewal of the earth. The imagery dwells on matters of the land, flora and fauna. It hints at human intervention through objects left behind from the built environment, including a dwelling from Hamilton’s industrial sector.
Each series works with states printed from the same background plate, movable parts and ghost images to form different narratives. Disasters explores the elements at their most detrimental potential to humans. Endangered includes images of threatened species, some of which are still present in the natural areas surrounding our cities.
Eruptions by Dámarys Sepúlveda
My current body of prints is a representation of active and dormant volcanoes from different regions. I use the paradox of volcanoes’ eruptions as both life-giving and destructive, to evoke reflections on migration, natural disasters and human resilience against climate change, political upheavals, and relocation.
Sudden volcanic or political eruptions create chaos and displacement, but also may bring change and new life. On Ometepe island (Nicaragua), there is a saying that “Volcanic ashes bring good crops.” My works explore how natural and manufactured disasters contribute to our ever-changing societal landscape and build human resilience.
A graduate of the Nicaraguan Fine Arts Academy with a Visual Art Diploma, Dámarys Sepúlveda attended a guest artist residency at York University’s Print Studio (Toronto, ON) with Professor Eugenio Tellez in 1988/89. Her paintings and prints have been exhibited in Nicaragua, Barcelona, Mexico, Vancouver, Toronto, and Hamilton, Ontario.
In 1984, she received a two-year scholarship to participate in a hands-on learning experience, teaching visual art to children at L’arc Children’s Art School, Barcelona. Dámarys is a strong advocate of Art for Social Change, and an active member in several art organizations in British Columbia.
Exhibition is generously supported by: