November 16 – December 4, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19: 2 – 6 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, November 27, 2 – 4 pm
The artist will be present on the weekends during the run of the exhibition.
For this show, I stopped along the way. “The way” being my journey as an artist. I stopped to reflect, I stopped to forge new creative paths, and I stopped to find myself as a better artist. I tried to draw the map again. A year’s work is curated in a showing of three distinct forms of expression: prints, sculptures, and small animal collages.
Seaweed alginate prints have once again helped me capture the quintessence of various nostalgia.
In this show with bits of antique fabric and Japanese Washi papers, they evoke distant memories of wayside shrines in India.
The “Wayfarer” and “Ruffians” are new to my progress. I teased these “quizzical” creations out of clay and mixed media, discovering new ways of making. Small quirky animals are old favourites, I delight in conjuring them up and
they made a return for this show, parading along, some of them with a very new attitude and flair.
Art connects Pria to her world. Her practice as an artist and arts educator owes much to the inspirations she has gathered from her travels and research. She is passionately interested in antique textiles and contemporary art. Pria works out of her studios in Toronto and San Miguel Allende, Mexico. During her arts-based educational career, she designed innovative programs using visual analogies to explore key concepts with early learners. Her lessons have triggered social justice discussions, explored environmental issues, and clarified math and science topics.
She ran a very successful studio arts school, “Funcepts” in Toronto. Later she was head teacher at an international school in Seoul, South Korea, and a visiting educational consultant in Oxford, UK. She has held long-term teaching positions with the Toronto District School Board, where she was seconded to the Institute of Child Study (University of Toronto) to run their Arts programme. Pria was a lead artist-mentor with the Inner City Angels for over 30 years. She continues to conduct arts-based workshops for young learners and adults.