Deconstructing Reality: Always Going On Beyond | Maria Teresa Hernandez

June 19 – July 7, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 22: 4 – 8 pm
A Strange Story is Born performance by Mona Zaidi: Thursday, July 4, 6:30 pm
Mona Zaidi is a celebrated multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws inspiration from classic literature, art and mythology from around the world.
Artist In Attendance: Thursday, July 4, 6:30 – 8 pm

Deconstructing Reality: Always Going On Beyond

To me, creativity isn’t a skill learned, but a rejoin with the soul’s secret depths, in the body’s memory, not found in data amassed or theories learned, but in unlearning and unknowing. It rises from peeling layers that have enclosed it. It’s as if with every brushstroke on the canvas, a scar is lifted from the artist’s spirit, unveiling, uncovering, and revealing what has always been there with boundless clarity.

Looking for reality, I deconstruct, interested in the fissures and gaps. Looking for myself, I have found us. I started by looking down and inwards, my hands touching the ground. The clay takes the form of roots that guide me to the underworld. Through the fractures, the light breaks, transient luminescence that dismantles preconceptions, rupturing conditioned patterns of living.

Attuned to the subtle rhythms of my body, I feel the grounding sensation of my feet meeting the earth, and the gentle dance of breath within me. The breath emerges from the void and descends back into the void.

Everything changes like the beach surface under my feet after each wave. Everything is okay with the Universe unfolding—uncertainty and impermanence. Only flow takes form for a moment and then dissolves; everything is coming and going.

Always going on beyond.

Maria Teresa is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist and member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Facilitated groups for women, who have experienced violence or who suffer from mental health challenges. She has also created expressive arts programs for health and wellbeing with an emphasis on mindfulness and movement at The Mindfulness Centre in Oakville. She is a faculty member at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Maria Teresa earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the National University of Mexico UNAM and a BA in Graphic Design at the Metropolitan University UAM, Mexico. In 2011, she completed the Graduate Diploma Program in Art Therapy at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute 

Maria Teresa has participated nationally and internationally in more than twenty-one solo art shows including three museums in Mexico: La Tallera National Institute of Fine Arts, Casa Trotsky, and Casa del Poeta. Her solo show “Deconstructing reality: ALWAYS GOING ON BEYOND will open at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts. Toronto, Ontario, Canada in June 2024. She has participated as well in numerous group shows. Since 2011 she has been a member of the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in the Queen Street West Gallery District, Toronto, Ontario.

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