April 29 – July 1, 2021
Curated by Alexis Moline
The 2021 SUMMA Exhibition explores the quixotic, all that is deemed idealistic, starry-eyed and impractical. Working and creating under unusual circumstances, quixoticism has become a liberating vehicle for these artists to explore and sharpen their craft. This show encapsulates the multiple ways that these bright young artists have adapted, grown and investigated the undeniable cruciality of art and quixotic perspective in tumultuous times.
Download the QUIXOTIC catalogue. Print catalogues are also available to order via the student website.
Please note that this virtual exhibition is best viewed on a large screen and may take a few moments to load. To learn more about each artist, click the “view more” button or visit the BFA class of 2021’s QUIXOTIC website.
I am a Canadian artist of Italian and Portuguese descent. I was introduced to the art world at a young age, learning to draw from videos from contemporary artists. Throughout my years at McMaster, I have explored many mediums and have fallen in love with painting and abstraction, which is the base of my current work.
My practices focus on the possibilities of abstraction, the act of painting itself and the movement of my body when I create. My painting process references 20th century abstract expressionism both conceptually and visually. Quick brush strokes, gestural mark making, and the fast application of paint works to express my personal feelings, emotions and experiences. I work on medium scale canvases and create paintings with a monochromatic colour scheme. I like to explore different textures that are responsive to my movement and emotion. I make my work as a way of expressing how I am feeling instead of suppressing it. I address the internal feelings, positive or negative and find that my practice can be a stress reliever, a form of self-care, as well as a tool for meditation and reflection.