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Isolation and Art Making

An online exhibition featuring work from students and instructors in Continuing Studies at OCAD U.

Self-isolation is very natural for artists and in the process of art making. But, it’s quite different when everyone else is doing it too. This exhibition looks at art made during the current pandemic and focuses on what artists are isolating from. What is the impact of forced separation and how does it influence art?

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Carolyn Code

Finding Softness

Yarn, wood, soapstone

This piece is a response to the hard circumstances that we find ourselves in. These times show us how important community is and how important it is to find connections. Our separation still allows us to connect and find softness and comfort. 

www.carolyncode.com

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Caitlyn Jerome

Rose coloured glasses

During the pandemic we are witnessing the beginning of a revolution. Black voices are finally being heard after years of oppression. My piece explores how historically white women have stepped on black women to gain privilege. 

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Dina Elkady

3D Printed Lighting Pendants

My work revolves around the mystical relation between nature and technology; I design wearable pieces inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s marine creature illustrations and use 3D printing technology to breathe life into 19th century works of science and art.

https://www.instagram.com/3destuff/?hl=en

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Erika Nielsen

Emergence # 3, 2020

Acrylic on panel, 6” x 6”

The pieces in my current body of work, Emergence, 2020 (monochrome series), evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which structures, like our homes, functioned as both protective fortresses and as incubators or birthplaces for healing and renewal. My artistic process involves building a 'fortress' structure, and then an intuitive and sensuous shaping of a wet medium, suggesting fluidity, evolution, flow, emergence, and renewal. 

www.celloerika.com/artist

Instagram.com/@celloerika

Twitter.com/@celloerika

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Kiran Sohi

Disappearing Cloud I

Video Series

https://www.saatchiart.com/kiransohi

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Benjamin Lee Hicks

visible is not the same as being seen – image.7/8

This image is one small piece of the graphic stories I am developing for my PhD dissertation in teacher professional learning. It considers the feeling of being simultaneously hyper visible and extremely alone, a phenomenon finding more widespread echoes in these pandemic times. The phenomenon is certainly not unfamiliar to some of us in North American schools and society. Our multi-gendered and/or non- straight/white/conventionally “able” bodies already know many things about how to hold both the very beautiful and the potentially devastating with equal reverence because: this is how we learn to love/create beyond survival.

benjaminleehicks.com

Instagram.com/benjam1n_blue

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Claudia Miatello

This comic looks at isolation during the pandemic from a child’s point of view. I hope it encourages children to explore their feelings and ideas through imaginative play.

 

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Ingrid Mida

Fantasy Friends, 2020

Ink on paper coloured digitally in Photoshop, 8” x 10”

During the pandemic there is a need for escape. It has given rise to loneliness, and with my furniture people I imagine that my furniture can talk to me. 

www.ingridmida.com

Instagram.com/@the_dress_detective

Twitter.com/@Ingrid_Mida

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Adell Shneer

Mom - July 16, 2020

Drawings created on my iPad with Tayasui Memopad2

During the early stages of the lock-down during the Covid-19 pandemic I was unable to see my mother, Toby Reichert. My mom has late stage dementia, is non-verbal and resides in a long-term care home. The anxiety during this time was intense. When visits were finally permitted outdoors (with a negative Covid-19 test, a mask, and physical distancing), I visited as often as I could. This drawing is from photos I took on my visits. Creating this drawing allowed me to get closer to my mom in a way that was impossible otherwise. This is an ongoing project.

ashneer@rogers.com

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Schem Rogerson Bader

Montreal, 2020

Collage with hand cut photograph over postcard

This piece is part of a larger series where subjects of photographs are removed and assembled on top or beneath salvaged postcards. The vintage photographs are personal family images. The postcards are found objects. By incorporating them together, they speak to displacement of subject, and time, and space.

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Robyn Rennie

Upon Reflection

Acrylic/mixed media, 11” x 8”

Upon Reflection is my response to sexism and racism experienced by black women. Even though I experienced abuse and sexism growing up, when I “look in the mirror” I see that it was white privilege that allowed me to access higher education and employment – things that were never withheld from me because of the colour of my skin.

www.robynsart.outnumbered.ca

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Harry Ao Cai

Bird 2

This piece was made during a time when the ability to venture outside and buy something became a luxury, a time when receipts and handshakes were no longer so freely given.

https://harryaocai.com/

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Dr. Rubi Alluz McElheran

And His Merry Men

Oil on canvas

“No longer were there individual destinies, only a collective destiny, made of plague and emotions shared by all.” - Albert Camus, The Plague.

Instagram.com/dr.rubi.art

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Anna Do

Draw To Escape

I used to draw to escape reality, now I draw to keep myself sane. 

https://worditoutloud.home.blog/

https://annado.myportfolio.com/

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Ravi Persaud

(Waiting) Room with a View

Being isolated from exploring the world has left us looking for inspiration in some bizarre everyday places, such as waiting in the doctor's office for a routine check-up.

www.ravibrian.com

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Eric Garsonnin

3829 - Building H23 from inside main entrance to old Asylum

Echoes of past isolation and troubles on old asylum buildings repurposed as Humber College.

https://www.facebook.com/ericgarsonnin

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Azadeh (Angela) Razzagh Shoar

Healed

My name is Azadeh (Angela), and I'm an activist for women’s rights. I grew up in a country where having a veil covering is obligatory, and women are still fighting for basic rights and freedoms. In many countries, women are always in quarantine. This staged photograph is hopeful. It shows a woman healed, taking off the imprisonment of her veil and coming out of a dark, traditional basement. I can’t exhibit this image in my motherland because of censorship, they do not allow unveiled women to be shown.

https://azadeh-razzagh.format.com/

azadeh.razzagh.shoar@student.ocadu.ca 

 

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Vinicius A.C. Mauro

We are all alone

This photograph represents the intense feeling of abandonment and isolation intensified by the pandemic. It is part of a larger series taken in different parts of the world, which symbolize how the impact of COVID has no frontiers.

www.vmauro.com

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Ashley Tredenick

Park Hangs

My guy, I can relate.

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Spurthi Parupalli

You x You

Imperfectly joyous exploration of an anxious mind.

Instagram.com/@spurthiparupalli




An online exhibition featuring work from students and instructors in Continuing Studies at OCAD U.

Self-isolation is very natural for artists and in the process of art making. But, it’s quite different when everyone else is doing it too. This exhibition looks at art made during the current pandemic and focuses on what artists are isolating from. What is the impact of forced separation and how does it influence art?

A wooden boxDescription automatically generated

Carolyn Code

Finding Softness

Yarn, wood, soapstone

This piece is a response to the hard circumstances that we find ourselves in. These times show us how important community is and how important it is to find connections. Our separation still allows us to connect and find softness and comfort. 

www.carolyncode.com

A close up of a basketball hoopDescription automatically generated

Caitlyn Jerome

Rose coloured glasses

During the pandemic we are witnessing the beginning of a revolution. Black voices are finally being heard after years of oppression. My piece explores how historically white women have stepped on black women to gain privilege. 

A close up of a giraffeDescription automatically generatedA close up of a tall buildingDescription automatically generated­

Dina Elkady

3D Printed Lighting Pendants

My work revolves around the mystical relation between nature and technology; I design wearable pieces inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s marine creature illustrations and use 3D printing technology to breathe life into 19th century works of science and art.

https://www.instagram.com/3destuff/?hl=en

A close up of a brick buildingDescription automatically generated

Erika Nielsen

Emergence # 3, 2020

Acrylic on panel, 6” x 6”

The pieces in my current body of work, Emergence, 2020 (monochrome series), evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which structures, like our homes, functioned as both protective fortresses and as incubators or birthplaces for healing and renewal. My artistic process involves building a 'fortress' structure, and then an intuitive and sensuous shaping of a wet medium, suggesting fluidity, evolution, flow, emergence, and renewal. 

www.celloerika.com/artist

Instagram.com/@celloerika

Twitter.com/@celloerika

Disappearing cloud

Kiran Sohi

Disappearing Cloud I

Video Series

https://www.saatchiart.com/kiransohi

A picture containing photo, old, group, standingDescription automatically generated

Benjamin Lee Hicks

visible is not the same as being seen – image.7/8

This image is one small piece of the graphic stories I am developing for my PhD dissertation in teacher professional learning. It considers the feeling of being simultaneously hyper visible and extremely alone, a phenomenon finding more widespread echoes in these pandemic times. The phenomenon is certainly not unfamiliar to some of us in North American schools and society. Our multi-gendered and/or non- straight/white/conventionally “able” bodies already know many things about how to hold both the very beautiful and the potentially devastating with equal reverence because: this is how we learn to love/create beyond survival.

benjaminleehicks.com

Instagram.com/benjam1n_blue

A picture containing timelineDescription automatically generated

Claudia Miatello

This comic looks at isolation during the pandemic from a child’s point of view. I hope it encourages children to explore their feelings and ideas through imaginative play.

 

Shape, circleDescription automatically generated

Ingrid Mida

Fantasy Friends, 2020

Ink on paper coloured digitally in Photoshop, 8” x 10”

During the pandemic there is a need for escape. It has given rise to loneliness, and with my furniture people I imagine that my furniture can talk to me. 

www.ingridmida.com

Instagram.com/@the_dress_detective

Twitter.com/@Ingrid_Mida

A person wearing a costumeDescription automatically generated

Adell Shneer

Mom - July 16, 2020

Drawings created on my iPad with Tayasui Memopad2

During the early stages of the lock-down during the Covid-19 pandemic I was unable to see my mother, Toby Reichert. My mom has late stage dementia, is non-verbal and resides in a long-term care home. The anxiety during this time was intense. When visits were finally permitted outdoors (with a negative Covid-19 test, a mask, and physical distancing), I visited as often as I could. This drawing is from photos I took on my visits. Creating this drawing allowed me to get closer to my mom in a way that was impossible otherwise. This is an ongoing project.

ashneer@rogers.com

A picture containing building, outdoor, water, streetDescription automatically generated

Schem Rogerson Bader

Montreal, 2020

Collage with hand cut photograph over postcard

This piece is part of a larger series where subjects of photographs are removed and assembled on top or beneath salvaged postcards. The vintage photographs are personal family images. The postcards are found objects. By incorporating them together, they speak to displacement of subject, and time, and space.

A picture containing bag, table, sitting, bedDescription automatically generated

Robyn Rennie

Upon Reflection

Acrylic/mixed media, 11” x 8”

Upon Reflection is my response to sexism and racism experienced by black women. Even though I experienced abuse and sexism growing up, when I “look in the mirror” I see that it was white privilege that allowed me to access higher education and employment – things that were never withheld from me because of the colour of my skin.

www.robynsart.outnumbered.ca

A bird sitting on top of each otherDescription automatically generated

Harry Ao Cai

Bird 2

This piece was made during a time when the ability to venture outside and buy something became a luxury, a time when receipts and handshakes were no longer so freely given.

https://harryaocai.com/

A picture containing indoor, table, cup, sittingDescription automatically generated

Dr. Rubi Alluz McElheran

And His Merry Men

Oil on canvas

“No longer were there individual destinies, only a collective destiny, made of plague and emotions shared by all.” - Albert Camus, The Plague.

Instagram.com/dr.rubi.art

A person standing in front of a mirror posing for the cameraDescription automatically generated

Anna Do

Draw To Escape

I used to draw to escape reality, now I draw to keep myself sane. 

https://worditoutloud.home.blog/

https://annado.myportfolio.com/

A picture containing indoor, kitchen, small, sittingDescription automatically generated

Ravi Persaud

(Waiting) Room with a View

Being isolated from exploring the world has left us looking for inspiration in some bizarre everyday places, such as waiting in the doctor's office for a routine check-up.

www.ravibrian.com

A large brick building with a windowDescription automatically generated

Eric Garsonnin

3829 - Building H23 from inside main entrance to old Asylum

Echoes of past isolation and troubles on old asylum buildings repurposed as Humber College.

https://www.facebook.com/ericgarsonnin

A picture containing building, photo, window, sittingDescription automatically generated

Azadeh (Angela) Razzagh Shoar

Healed

My name is Azadeh (Angela), and I'm an activist for women’s rights. I grew up in a country where having a veil covering is obligatory, and women are still fighting for basic rights and freedoms. In many countries, women are always in quarantine. This staged photograph is hopeful. It shows a woman healed, taking off the imprisonment of her veil and coming out of a dark, traditional basement. I can’t exhibit this image in my motherland because of censorship, they do not allow unveiled women to be shown.

https://azadeh-razzagh.format.com/

azadeh.razzagh.shoar@student.ocadu.ca 

 

A cloudy skyDescription automatically generated

Vinicius A.C. Mauro

We are all alone

This photograph represents the intense feeling of abandonment and isolation intensified by the pandemic. It is part of a larger series taken in different parts of the world, which symbolize how the impact of COVID has no frontiers.

www.vmauro.com

A large green field with trees in the backgroundDescription automatically generated

Ashley Tredenick

Park Hangs

My guy, I can relate.

A tree with snow on the groundDescription automatically generated

Spurthi Parupalli

You x You

Imperfectly joyous exploration of an anxious mind.

Instagram.com/@spurthiparupalli

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