August 12 (Saturday) - November 11 (Saturday)
Watershed is Liz Menard’s print and mixed media practice examining our water (systems), biodiversity and indigenous plant species. Using etching and embroidery techniques, Menard prints perceptions of the landscape
Watershed is Liz Menard’s print and mixed media practice examining our water (systems), biodiversity and indigenous plant species. Using etching and embroidery techniques, Menard prints perceptions of the landscape and their systems, creating dialogue opportunities on the theme of conservation.
Liz Menard is a Toronto-based printmaker, book artist and arts educator. Menard has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, United States, Scotland, Europe and Japan. She has received numerous grants, awards and fellowships including Open Studio’s Nick Novak Fellowship (2011) and The Hexagon Special Projects Fellowship (2016). Recent exhibitions include: Fall along the River Don (solo), Ontario Society of Artists Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works 2016 (Best in Show), SHIFT: ERPP Environmentally Responsible Print Practices (2016), American National Printmaking Exhibition, Framing Toronto – City of Toronto Art Acquisitions, Fabrications – Explorations in Textiles (2016), and The River’s Nature (solo). Menard’s work is found in private and public collections including: Library and Archives Canada, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Japanese Paper Place, Toronto Dominion Bank, Bank of Montreal, Rogers Communications, City of Toronto, Station Gallery and Greater Toronto Airport Authority.
A Note from the Curator:
Curating Liz Menard’s solo exhibition of print works is an example to our commitment to exhibiting diverse medium techniques by artists creating meaningful pieces with technical fluency. Menard’s thoughtful creative process can be understood through her enthusiastic practice of examining our water (systems), biodiversity and native plant species in Ontario through her developed print and mixed media practice.
The Centre is located just North the Oak Ridges Moraine, with a majority of our audience living and working on this unique headwaters feature. Menard’s choice to print perceptions of the landscape and the systems they support, especially the water systems creates dialogue opportunities on the theme of conservation in a community primed and wanting to discuss environmental concerns and awareness. In addition, the imagery she draws and the conversations that develop is a complimentary flow from the additional gallery spaces exhibiting Call to Action #83 – Quest for Truth & Reconciliation.
We place significance on the relationship of the community and the galleries, and Menard’s experience in teaching and talking art allows for alternative art connections. It is through this experience, the audience can gather further insight into print practices and techniques.
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