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*Featured image: Fool’s Gold (2023), Laura Fedynyszyn, lino prints on decorative paper and discarded book pages

Fool’s Gold

A pop-up installation by Laura Fedynyszyn

June 11 – August 21, 2024
Front Foyer, Aurora Family Leisure Complex

Please note that this art installation is offsite, located in the front foyer of the Aurora Family Leisure Complex, 135 Industrial Parkway N, Aurora ON L4G 4C4. Please click here to view the site operating hours.

We are thrilled to announce Fool’s Gold by Laura Fedynyszyn as our third offsite art installation at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex.  

Fool’s Gold calls attention to the increasing population of invasive goldfish in Ontario’s fresh waters, and particularly, within Aurora: 

 

Well-meaning citizens have been releasing pet goldfish into the wild for years. This highly adaptive species of fish is now steadily taking over Southern Ontario’s freshwater ponds and rivers, reducing indigenous species of fish and plants, with numerous sightings around Aurora.

– Laura Fedynyszyn
 

 

Fool’s Gold is constructed of a series of linocut prints depicting indigenous fish to Southern Ontario, alongside the invasive goldfish. Formed into a large school, the installation speaks to the direct and severe impact this phenomenon is having on Ontario’s aquatic ecosystems in the present time.  

Please join us Wednesday, June 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for the public reception and artist Q&A. Remarks are at 7 pm. Light refreshments are provided, and all are welcome. 

About the Artist 

Laura Fedynyszyn is a printmaker from Toronto. She completed her BFA in the OCAD University Printmaking Program and went on to study Art Conservation at Fleming College. Her artistic practice blends these two fields of study through reuse and reimagining of old materials, with themes related to nature conservancy and climate change. 

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