As I was learning more about the cultural ecosystems and diversities of Ward 30 last year, the Riverdale – Leslieville – Gerard neighborhoods in Toronto, I started drawing those communities as collectives and as abstract entities defined by shapes and folk like markings. The drawings evolved in paintings and, soon in a new body of works called “Bridging Communities”.
Now, some of those works are part of the “Collectives” exhibition to be exhibited at T-ART. The selected paintings are imaginary descriptions of the shared relationships between these collectives. They each are set apart by detailed patterns, which inspire differences as much as communal bits, by large shapes that collapse into newer and smaller structures, and, by flat colored fields, isolating some groups and attracting others, linking graphic ecosystems that spawn thoughts of cultural mix.
“Collectives” by Teodora Pica from February 16 – March 03, 2013 at TeodoraART Gallery, 214 Avenue Road, Toronto
Details at http://teodoraartgallery.com/?p=1202