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  • Writer's pictureSylvia Trotter Ewens

Solo Thesis Exhibition-- Taming Grief: The Banana Trees Stand Vigil in Your Resting Place

On July 18th, 5pm at Warren G Flowers Art Gallery, I will be having a vernissage for my thesis exhibition that I will be defending in early August. Over the last month, I had the pleasure of working on this project in the gallery space as an artist in residence. The experience has been very heartwarming as many students, parents and staff have passed by sharing their own feedback and experiences with grief. I look forward to the official opening! Come by if you can! " The Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery is proud to offer it’s first ever summer artist residency to alumna Sylvia Trotter Ewens (Fine Arts, 2014).  Sylvia will utilize the time and space to advance paintings and work on projections in completion of her MFA (Painting) at Concordia University.

She writes, ‘This is a body of work pulling from writings I’ve made on my time caregiving and experiencing loss after my mother’s passing. In these writings I used the garden as an allegory for these experiences as I tackled the memories of this time through writing and painting as a means to congeal its memory.  The exhibition will be made up of moving collages of videos I’ve collected  throughout the seasons at Montreal’s botanical gardens.  I am also completing paintings following the same aesthetic heterogeneity based upon a collection of images from the botanical gardens in Honduras and Laval.

I visually portray my mental space as a garden in transition in  a condition of disrepair, dulled or frosted, but it is also a psychological space—a place where my mother and I meet, revisiting memory and rebuilding/repurposing what was lost. " -- Warren G Flowers Art Gallery

Vernissage: July 18th, 5-8pm



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