Gallery art show highlights struggles, identity

Mar 10, 2015 | Arts


By Shai Williamson

Rubric, an art exhibit featuring new works by the faculty in the Visual and Digital Arts program at Humber opened Tuesday.

According to the event notice, each artist featured in the exhibit produced four works that express “their individual creative concerns relative to notions of progress, multiplicity and narrative.”

Diana Meredith, one of the artists whose work is on display, used her cancer diagnosis as inspiration for her piece ‘Mortal Selfies.’

“Because I’m an artist, I always try to put my experience into my art,” said Meredith, who was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.

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‘Mortal Selfies’ by Diana Meredith


In her artist’s statement – available to read at the opening reception later this week – Meredith wrote that each image begins with a photo that she took of herself. After, the image is brought into the computer and “visually fractured.”

The broken images demonstrate the experiences of her cancer diagnosis, treatment and identity.

“These are tiny pieces of self that have fractured from the integrated body and have turned on it,” she wrote.

“These different kinds of identities fractured together to construct new facets of identity.”

The doors are open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Guelph-Humber gallery. The show runs until April 1, displaying pieces from eight artists, all Humber faculty.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.