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Your Voice A Multidisciplinary Showcase of Students’ Work

Presented by

Peel Alternative School North Art Class

Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue 1 Wiltshire Avenue, Toronto ON M6N 2V7 647-701-4323

Curatorial Statement It is a privilege to be part of my visual arts students’ artistic process and growth. My goal as visual arts facilitator is to inspire students to make meaningful connections with the world around them on a personal, social, cultural and/or political level. When students engage with a pressing idea or issue, they are motivated to explore and transpose their feelings or perspectives by means of visual expression. The process begins with identifying an issue. The next step is to encourage the students to establish a personal point of view by having them address questions that help them learn and reveal more about their stance on the issue of their choosing and allows them to discover the best approach for their pieces. Some of these questions include: • • • • •

“What is my perspective on the issue I want to raise awareness about?” “How do I feel about this issue?” “What do I need to do to learn more about this issue?” “How can I use elements and principles of design to communicate my feelings and perspective?” “Which form will best support my intended message in an eloquent way?”

This exhibit displays the artwork of students who have worked within the framework of the following assignments: •

• • •

Self-portrait as “chair”: Students are asked to examine their character and personality, then consider and create the kind of chair that best reflects they way they see themselves Art & Activism: Students are challenged to research and select a Modern-style to mimic that will support or communicate a contemporary idea or issue Artist’s Influence: Students examine contemporary artists and reflect on one artist’s work that resonates with them in order to get closer to discovering their own voices and what drives their own art making Community/Cultural Art: Students are asked to make meaningful connections to one of many cultures that we celebrate at PAS North (i.e. First Nations Perspectives, Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month, to name a few)

Finally, we examine Your Voice, the culmination of our year’s work and basis for this exhibit, wherein students confer with me one-on-one so that we can work together to create a final painting or series that the student wishes to explore. I am honoured to have facilitated these students’ processes and I hope you enjoy their work as much as I have enjoyed working with them. Catherine Mulkins Visual Arts Teacher Peel Alternative School North Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue 1 Wiltshire Avenue, Toronto ON M6N 2V7 647-701-4323

List of Works No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Title Caribbean Rum Reflections Tiger Slaughtering Chair Portrait Suspended Horse and Rider The Roots Youthful Roots Let the Roots Glow The Life of Hunger Black Experience

14 15 16 17 18

Krishna & Arujna Chair Portrait My Bubble

19 20 21

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t Me in Chair (self-portrait)



Artist Ritu Sobti Fatima Khalid Jamal B. Melissa Nolet Stephanie Good Johannah Johannah Johannah Jamal B. Anthony Reddick Jaspinder Bindi Ritu Sobti Jaspinder Bindi Anthony Reddick Stephanie Good Stephanie Good Melissa Nolet

23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32

Time Warp Purp Print Chair Lotus Bloom Enlightenment Loneliness The Woods Myself as a Chair Self-portrait

Fatima Khalid Amanda Gesso Sahara Robyn Hang Robyn Hang Harleen Saini Fatima Khalid Robyn Hang Caitlin Ashley King

Year ca. 2013 2013 2012-2013 ca. 2013 ca. 2013 ca. 2013 ca. 2013 ca. 2013 2013 Ca. 2013

Medium n/a Acrylic & mirror Acrylic n/a Acrylic and rope Watercolour Watercolour   Watercolour   Watercolour Collage

ca. 2013 ca. 2013 ca. 2013 ca. 2013


ca. 2013


ca. 2013


ca. 2013

Watercolour & gouache Acrylic Acrylic Acrylic Acrylic Acrylic Acrylic n/a

2013 ca. 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 ca. 2013

Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue 1 Wiltshire Avenue, Toronto ON M6N 2V7 647-701-4323

Student Statements Jamal Baksh The Life of the Hunger (2012-13), watercolor on canvas: this painting is about African children dealing with poverty. Its intention is for people to start paying attention to those that need help, whether it is poverty or anything else. These days, I feel like people stopped paying attention to each other and this painting serves to raise this issue. Tiger Slaughtering (2013), acrylic on canvas: Because of illegal killing and habitat loss, tigers have become endangered species, being 80,000 a hundred years ago to 7,000 now. I chose to paint about this to raise awareness because without animals, this world would be nothing at all. I was inspired by Iain MacArthur; I like his style and the way he does his pieces. Ashley King Self-portrait (ca.2013): My self-portrait as chair was influenced by my passion for the weather and my personality. I want to demonstrate that anger can sometimes show more, but it is still beautiful. This painting serves to raise awareness on how much anger one person is capable of possessing and I feel quite perplexed about this issue. Stephanie Good Me in Chair (Self-portrait), (ca.2013): with this work, my aim was to take who we are, our style of art and our personality, and to place everything into one unique painting. The chair has a thin and frail shell, but it is still protecting the figure. I wanted to get across that everything has a fragile state. One can see whatever they want on the outside, but on the inside, the world can be different. Now You See Me, Now You Don’t, (ca. 2013): through a Modernist style, this painting serves to raise the important social issue which is depression. I want to raise awareness about it because it is something that many people get in different ways. Suspended Horse and Rider (ca. 2013) acrylic and rope on canvas: through a PostModernist aesthetic, this painting depicts how much something so elegant can be so strainful on one’s body and on the horses as well. By experience, I know horse riding is not as easy as it seems. I also wanted to represent the connection between the horse and the rider. My painting is influenced by Damien Hirst and is unconventional art style. Caitlin Myself as a Chair, (2012), acrylic on canvas: certain aspects of the chair represent me, my past, and my outlook on life as well as y beliefs. Robyn Hang Chair as a Self-Portrait: The Woods (2012), acrylic on canvas: the intended message of my painting is that things created naturally are the most beautiful. My perspective is that we should conserve and respect nature instead of destroying it.

Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue 1 Wiltshire Avenue, Toronto ON M6N 2V7 647-701-4323

Enlightenment (2013), acrylic on canvas: this piece was created for Asian Heritage Month, focusing on Buddhism and other religious aspects. It creates a meditative mood when the viewer looks at it. I want people to focus more on living the present; people are too much focused on the future. Lotus Bloom (2013), acrylic on canvas: this painting was influenced by contemporary artist Helen Lucas. Johanna The 3 paintings I am presenting are concern with how Black women and Black people in general should not be afraid of their roots and should see and understand their own beauty: The Roots (ca. 2013): this painting was influenced by my background and the people I see every day; it represents the impact of Black women in the world. My intended message was to show the roots on which we stem from and the importance of life and beauty, by showing black women. Youthful Roots (ca. 2013): this work was influenced by my cousins who are outgoing and wild. Its message is that young Black girls should not feel trapped by the media to look a certain way; for instance they should let hair be as it naturally is. Let the Roots Glow (ca. 2013): also influenced by the Black women in my life, this painting represents the fact that some black women do not see the beauty in their roots, but things are starting to change. Anthony Reddick Black Experience (ca. 2013): with this activist painting, I want to raise awareness on the fact the Black History should not be restricted to only Afro-centric people. My Bubble (ca. 2013): the painting represents a rocking chair inside a bubble. In this chair, in this moment, I am comfortable, I am free, and I am me. My work displays the acknowledgement of what constitutes “me”; it is a look inside my personal bubble. Fatima Khalid Time Warp (2013), acrylic on canvas: this work, represented in the Pop art style of Andy Warhol, is a 2013 representation of a chicken with rice soup can. I want to shine some light on the contamination of food (with rat blood and feces). Advertising has changed since the 1960s (colour, style and placement-wise). I am trying to raise awareness on how people do not know what they are buying and end up eating contaminated food due to false advertisement. Reflections (2013), acrylic on canvas: Created for Asia Heritage Month, this painting reflects upon my Pakistani-Canadian heritage and how it has influenced me as a person.

Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue 1 Wiltshire Avenue, Toronto ON M6N 2V7 647-701-4323

Loneliness (2013), acrylic on canvas: this self-portrait as chair fits my personality and where I am at this point in my life. I want to communicate to the viewer how I would see myself if I were a chair. Sahara Purp Print chair (ca. 2013): this self-portrait as a chair is rendered in a blue print format, to demonstrate you have to make a plan for your life and construct it. I want to raise awareness on world’s selfishness. In life, you have to teach yourself how to plan for your future; you are all you got. Patience is Key (ca. 2013): with the aesthetic of sticker street art, this painting’s purpose is to mend patience into the soul of each and every individual. I want to raise awareness on the importance of patience for our needs and desires Jaspinder Birdi I consider painting as a way to use cubist-inspired breakdown of forms to anchor colours, which I also use as an opportunity to experiment with the possibilities allowed through different application technique. I believe painting is not made with theory alone; the materials are the vital component. I try to explore the relationships between various colour harmonies and surface textures to expand my abilities through constant experimentation. I looked at Ram Kumar’s style and technique and his concept of emphasizing a material’s competency. Ritu Sobti Inspired by Shelley Adler’s long brush strokes, I painted a bottle of Caribbean rum with drinking glasses, to represent something the Black community would like. The painting raises awareness about the culture of drinking that is visible in the community. As a south-Asian, I decided to create a painting with Krishna and Arjuna, because we believe in god more than anything. By placing Krishna high amongst the clouds and Arjuna on the ground, I want to show they are connected. I also wanted to show that god belongs above us, always. Melissa Nolet My self-portrait as a chair, I used an animalistic design because I am a human being. A ribcage, spine and pelvis come together to make up the chair, on which my cat is sitting. I incorporated him because I love animals. The flowers and birds are there to represent my healthy lifestyle and my respect for the environment. For my second painting (watercolour and gouache), I want to raise awareness on homelessness. The pregnant woman and child signify that homeless people are not only drunk bums; some are part of struggling families.

Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue 1 Wiltshire Avenue, Toronto ON M6N 2V7 647-701-4323

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