APART AND PARCEL – Commissions from the Community Arts Exchange
This exhibition presents the work of twelve Ontario community-engaged artists, who were commissioned to take part in a rapid creation process for which they were paired across disciplines, distances and cultures, as part of Jumblies’ Ontario Community Arts Exchange.
The artists’ conversations with their partners informed their creative processes: from gentle inspiration to full collaborations. The artists were also invited to respond to Jumblies’ Grounds for Goodness project. The resulting works are displayed in our windows at The Ground Floor (132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto) from June 12th to July 9th, as well as in a virtual gallery here.
These works – textile and mixed media, video, songs and a poem – express varied, complex, interwoven and intimate responses and relationships between people, places, past and present. They concern land and water, sharing of tea, mothers and daughters, kinship, conversation, local and recycled materials, difficult conversations, trust and mistrust. The artists do not shy away from the dark flip-side of our theme of “social goodness”: atrocities driven by cruelty, abuse of power, racism, colonization; instances when few or none stepped forward to protect others; including the most recent discoveries in the devastating history of Indigenous Residential Schools on this land. Most also generously speak to the integrity of connection and kindness in finding ways forward, and the possibility and urgency of cultivating collective ‘grounds for goodness’.
Dawn Allard (Echo Bay) – Betty Carpick (Thunder Bay)
Roberta Della-Pica (Lake Clear) – Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon (Biigtigong First Nation)
Mirielle Gagnon-Moes (St. Joseph Island) – Tuija Hansen (Thunder Bay)
Sarah Gartshore (Sudbury) – Kitsuné Soleil (Mistawasis First Nation)
Sherry Guppy (North Bay) – Arlette Ngung (Toronto)
Meg Lozicki-Paulin (North Bay) – Julia Tribe (Thunder Bay)
The exhibition is part of the Community Arts Exchange, a program connecting emerging community artist with projects and professional development opportunities across Ontario, funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.