Diverted | Beverley Daniels

June 19 – July 7, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 22: 4 – 8 pm

When I make art, I have no concept in mind. Rather, I choose materials that come into our lives incidentally and often intrusively. Some of this is destined for landfill: plastic packaging, used ribbon, scraps of vinyl upholstery, old film, and plastic lawn signs. I cut and weave the materials, glue them together or fuse them with an iron. Ecological anxiety drove me to use these materials, but now I prefer them to other art supplies. Because most of them come from marketing or advertising, their effect in composition suggests the visual consumerist cacophony in which urbanites live. Thus my work is media-driven but, finally, conceptual.

Beverley has had an enduring relationship with collage and its close cousins, plastic fusing and mixed media. She finds deep satisfaction in recognizing the beauty of discarded materials, a plethora of which is overwhelmingly available. In short, she loves garbage. She lives, salvages and exhibits in Toronto.

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