Synergy at Station Arts
The Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg is pleased to host artist Irma Makariunaite with her exhibit ‘Synergy.’
This exhibition shows two separate bodies of work.
The large-scale works are a continuation of Makariunaite’s lifelong fascination with myth and its symbolism, such as the Cosmic Tree of Life and Crossing the Styx, as well as some of the mystical concepts that stem from yogic philosophy. The work is created with photographic transfer and mixed media with acrylic, using images of the cosmos collaged inside the tree branches and within the human figures.
The collage series is an exploration of abstraction using handpainted tissue paper, applied in layers to create colourful and textured compositions. Makariunaite graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design in 1987 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art History at the University of Toronto in 2001. She has participated in several group shows in Toronto and abroad, including Rig a, Latvia and Lithuania in 1993. Her first solo show took place in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1993. In 2003, she organized a group exhibition of 11 Lithuanian Canadian artists in Chicago. Since leaving Toronto in 2008, she finally settled outside of Delhi in 2016, where she set up her studio and continues to practice her art. Over the last eight years, she has participated in a number of local and regional exhibitions. Her artwork has been displayed in a number of group and juried shows, as well as studio tours, including the Oxford and Norfolk tours. She has shown at the Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre, Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Woodstock Art Gallery, Arts Project Gallery in London, Hamilton Art Gallery, and Art Gallery of Burlington. Makariunaite would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council as a recipient of an Exhibition Assistance Grant.
Synergy is her first solo exhibition at the Station Arts Centre. The exhibit will open with an artist introduction and reception, open to the public, Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at 41 Bridge St. W. Tillsonburg. It will be on display until Feb. 2.