FLUFF

TUFTED EMBROIDERY ON FABRIC

8x10 in

$600.00 | $15/month

A FOREST FOR MARIA LIONZA

TUFTED AND HAND EMBROIDERY ON FABRIC

26x20 in

$6000.00 | $150/month

Suma

Suma (Susana Meza) (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist from Venezuela who creates hand-crafted sculptures, textiles, drawings, and paintings that help the artist cope with the world around and ... inside.

Suma’s work is infused with intentional happiness and responds to their recovery journey and lived experience of addiction, mental health, mourning, migration, multicultural identity, and the ever-constant exploration of the inner light.

Suma works on their art practice and also serves as an arts facilitator, certified peer-support worker, and currently, is a Newcomer Artist Ambassador for MABELLEarts, board of directors of the North York Women Centre, a member of Workman Arts’ Member Advisory Committee, an XOXO Downsview Jury Member, and the founder of ReclaimedArts.ca.

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STATEMENT

Fluff: The first of a series of cats made with acrylic yarn and a tufting gun, Fluff was inspired by early cartoons from the 1920s and Summer colours, nature, and the unusual way cats see us.

A Forest for Maria Lionza: Maria Lionza is a sacred figure for many Venezuelans, the cult towards this mystical and mythical woman has fascinated me, and now, thousands of miles away from the mountain where her devotees gather, in my own and honest way I praise the protector of our flora and fauna

This artwork is also available to Rent. Please contact Paulina Wiszowata to learn more or read the Art Sales & Rental About page for further details.

CREEPING IGUANA

QUILL ON SCRATCHBOARD

14x17 in (framed)

$1320.00 | $33/month

HIDDEN IN THE CANOPY

QUILL ON SCRATCHBOARD

12x15 in (framed)

$1080.00 | $27/month

Nathan Cole

Nathan Cole is a visual artist, photographer, writer, and aspiring naturalist based in Toronto, Canada. Nathan’s practice is based on the exploration of the natural world both physically and visua... lly. By following the pathways set out in nature, he hopes to rebuild connections between our natural spaces and our minds. To unlearn the processes of contemporary society and to overcome his own mental health challenges, he is looking to fully immerse himself in his surroundings by rewilding his mind and senses. Using photography as both a connective tool for himself and his viewers, he then translates these observational details onto his favored medium of scratchboard.

Through his work and experiences with the animals that he depicts, he is hoping to challenge some of the myths, perceptions, and preconceptions surrounding wildlife. Stories and imagery are incredibly important, and our understanding and relationship with nature are so often based around them. With the awareness that for some of these species, their very existence is at stake in our current world, Nathan hopes to challenge harmful practices through representation, education, and his own process of rewilding.

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STATEMENT

Scratchboard is a masonite board, covered in white porcelain, and then painted black with ink. The images are created by using a metal quill to scratch away the black so that the white appears underneath. Texture, depth, and shadow are created by varying the pressure on the quill, the angle it is used, and repetition on the same spot. Each image is built out slowly from a focal point, keeping the proportion in mind the whole time.

Scratchboard, by its very construction and purpose, is a very fragile medium – you  create by taking away and any missed stroke could ruin what you have created so far. Humanity and its relation to nature are quite similar.  Humans create their society by taking away, cutting down and stripping the resources to create their cities and culture. Their impact on the wildlife and habitats around them is deeply affected by  this process, but also the ongoing effects of the stories told and myths created.

The perception of particular animals due to their place in history can very well determine their livelihood. Creating animal portraits with scratchboard means that the historical  and cultural perceptions can deeply affect how the viewer sees the  animal in front of them. The painstaking process of creating the art is echoed by the careful approach that must be taken  for examining the myths and perceptions of these animals. In this way, I hope that by creating art, I can improve the relationships of humans with  the wildlife surrounding them.

This artwork is also available to Rent. Please contact Paulina Wiszowata to learn more or read the Art Sales & Rental About page for further details.