Syn­ergy at Sta­tion Arts

Tillsonburg News - - OPINION -

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.

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