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Doris McCarthy & Kate Wilson
the body may be said to think

Curated by Stuart Reid

November 16, 2018 - January 26, 2019
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough

Opening reception
Thursday, November 15
5 - 8:30 pm
Exhibition tour by Stuart Reid 7 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 5:30 pm, to return at 8:30 pm, first come, first served

Kate Wilson, Chemosphere, 2018. Oil on panel, 27.9 x 35.6 cm.

The title of this exhibition draws from a quote in The Living Mountain by Scottish modernist writer, Nan Shepherd (1893-1981): “Here then may be lived a life of the senses so pure, so untouched by any mode of apprehension but their own, that the body may be said to think.” In nature, as Shepherd so poetically states, our body, and all its responsive senses, begins to holistically think.

Such a vibrational harmonic that affords communion between artist and landscape is observed reverently in works by Doris McCarthy (1910-2010) and Kate Wilson. Both artists, creative contemporaries for a few decades, share the passion for trekking and a good road trip. Both draw representational inspiration from nature and fuse imagery with motion, colour and depth, alluding to a deeper understanding of what is seen with the eyes. There is an intellectual reckoning with choices made in depicting the landscape. McCarthy is credited with the quote: "You are actually constructing... what your head understood about what your eyes saw." She asserts that the artist is a thinking body that is at once part of the land and apart from it.

This exhibition brings together nature-inspired works by Doris McCarthy, primarily from the collection of the Doris McCarthy Gallery, alongside large-scale wall drawings, paintings and preparatory works by Kate Wilson. From this juxtaposition of two artists’ works, we cast a wide glance over time, spanning the previous century, but also encompassing a forecast of tumult in the current. The reassurance, for the viewer, lies in the artists’ ability to lead us past what we see into the realm of what we feel and know in our bodies.


Reframing Doris McCarthy: Symposium on the Life and Work of Doris McCarthy
Saturday, November 17
9 am - 6 pm
Registration is sold out, to join the waitlist:

Keynote by: Erin Silver
Presentations by: Steven Beckly, Jan L. Coates, Dustin Garnet, Nancy Holmes, Meaghan Hyckie, Harold Klunder and Catherine Carmichael, Eva Kolcze, Ralph Kolewe, Lou Sheppard, Wendy Wacko, and Lynne Wynick

Through artist talks, poetry readings, academic papers, performances, a book launch, group choreography, and moderated discussions, this free, one-day, public symposium will explore fresh perspectives on the life and work of Doris McCarthy, tracing the artist’s legacy and examining her impact on local and artistic communities as a pioneering feminist, innovative artist, and community builder.

Doris McCarthy: Unveiling the Artist, Author, and Educator through her Archival Fonds
Wednesday, November 28
1 - 2 pm
Co-presented with the UTSC Library

Librarian Paulina Rousseau and archivist Tanis Franco will deliver a talk about the Doris McCarthy fonds, highlighting materials displayed in the DMG vitrines and providing information on the archival process.

Guided Tour of Fool’s Paradise
Saturday, January 12
1 - 3 pm
1 Meadowcliffe Drive, Scarborough
Co-presented with Ontario Heritage Trust
Space limited, registration required:

In this guided tour of the former home and studio of Doris McCarthy, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the artist’s unique space overlooking the Scarborough Bluffs, while learning about her life as an artist, writer, and educator.

Drawing Workshop with Kate Wilson
Sunday, January 13
1 - 5 pm
Fool’s Paradise, 1 Meadowcliffe Drive, Scarborough
Space limited, registration required:

At this workshop, at Fool’s Paradise, Kate Wilson will lead participants through a variety of approaches to working with ink, to produce small studies inspired by the landscape around McCarthy’s former home and studio.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series:
Kate Wilson
Wednesday, January 23
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Administration Building, U of T Scarborough
Co-presented with the Department of Arts, Culture & Media, U of T Scarborough

All programming is free and open to the public. For more information, see the DMG website.

Doris McCarthy, Causeway to Holy Island, 1958. Watercolour, latex, ink on paper, 38.1 cm x 55.9 cm. Collection of the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Gift of the Estate of Doris McCarthy.


The career of Doris McCarthy (1910-2010) spanned over 70 years. She produced an unparalleled body of work, was the first woman President of the Ontario Society of Artists, and taught and mentored some of Canada’s most distinguished creative people. For her continuing contribution to Canada’s artistic community, Doris McCarthy received The Order of Canada; The Order of Ontario; five Honorary Doctorates and an Honorary Fellowship to The Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2004, the University of Toronto Scarborough opened the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Doris McCarthy’s work can be found in major institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada. Her paintings are also featured in many corporate and private collections.

Kate Wilson is a Toronto-based visual artist whose practice is fluid between site-specific large-scale wall drawing projects, digital painting and animation. Wilson has exhibited nationally and internationally, and is the recipient of awards from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts including the Canada Council for the Arts International Residencies (Paris). Recent residencies include the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program (2015) through the Ontario Heritage Trust, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (2017) residency program in Visual + Digital Arts. Wilson’s work can be found in many private, corporate and public gallery collections in Canada and the United States.


Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 am to 4 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Saturday, 12 to 5 pm.
Admission is free. Open to the public. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

The DMG will be closed from December 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019 for the University of Toronto’s winter break.

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