To Piece Together
Loraine Mohar, Jennifer Murphy, Monique Vettraino
21 January to 12 March, 2023
Opening reception: Thursday, January 26th, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford
To Piece Together is a speculation on the aesthetic possibilities of contemporary collage. Collage is a powerfully durational and meditative process that sees incongruent images harmonize together like a satisfying puzzle, creating layers of unexpected meaning. It’s one of the oldest and most popular art forms in history—its inception dates back to 12th century Japan, when poets and calligraphers tore verses from coloured paper then reassembled them on scrolls or screens. Composed of paper and photographs from found-books and other recycled material, the work of artists Loraine Mohar, Jennifer Murphy, and Monique Vettraino approach collage as a form of visual poetry, a dynamic interplay of emotion and imagination through multidimensional imagery. Being universal, inexpensive, and accessible are the profound strengths of collage, traits it shares with other art forms like street art, knitting, and comic books. Likewise, this ties it to creative categories like low-art and kitsch while also anchoring it to socio-economic conversations about class. In their pictures, human and animal bodies are shredded, torn, cut, then painstakingly reassembled using paste and thread into fantastical landscapes, surrealist dreamstates, and ecological allusions. These once broken images are pieced back together and renewed.
About the Artists
Loraine Mohar is a Hamilton-based collage artist whose work explores facets of femininity and forces of creation and destruction, along with a tongue-in-cheek tale of the tragic experience of life. Mohar has shown in solo and group exhibitions at Hamilton Artists Inc., The Artists Project, Elaine Fleck Gallery, and DIY Event Space. Her work is featured on the album cover for Adult Future and the cover for Anne-Marie Turza’s book Slip Minute, published by Baseline Press.
Jennifer Murphy is a Toronto/Tkaronto based artist working in collage, assemblage, and sculpture using upcycled and reclaimed materials. She examines the interconnectedness of nature and ideas related to ecological mourning through lenses of beauty, chance, transformation, and materiality. Murphy has exhibited both nationally and internationally including exhibitions at White Columns (New York), The Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Galerie Kunstbuero (Vienna), The Power Plant (Toronto), MOCA (Los Angeles), Oakville Galleries (Oakville), Gallery 44 (Toronto) and 8eleven (Toronto). She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has been long listed twice for Canada’s prestigious Sobey Art Award. Murphy has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre’s A Paper A Drawing A Mountain thematic residency and recently attended the Alternative Art School’s Culture of Nature: Animals in Art led by Mark Dion. She is represented by the Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.
Monique Vettraino is a Toronto-based artist whose autobiographical work examines ancestry, specifically through a female lens, raw exposure, magic, the inexplicable and otherworldly, escapism, and seeking light as well as that which continues to remain buried in the dark. Her collage works have been shown in exhibitions throughout North America and Europe, including the John B. Aird Gallery, Portland State University, and The Scandinavian Collage Museum, among other institutions. It has also been featured in several publications including Lived Magazine, Disintegration, a collection of visual art and poetry, /DRI:M/SPACE Magazine, a publication dedicated to elevating collage arts, and Edinburgh Collage Collective publications.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee Peoples. Brantford is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery is fully accessible and includes an elevator and accessible washroom. The main entrance is accessed by a concrete pathway and may be opened with an automatic door opener. For assistance or questions about the gallery, please call us. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.