When The Dark Forest Was Too Silent To Be Real
September 7- November 3, 2019
The Mulcahy Family Gallery
Habitually collecting decomposing/dried botanical matter during hikes and canoe trips in and around the marshes and beaches of Tiny Township, Tina Poplawski has made art out of this botanical world debris. There is an allure in observing the process of decay and transformation that is found in her work. These observations and artistic interpretations are also grounded by the emotional reverberations caused by the enforced displacement of people from their homes by violent military assaults. The impact of war has tarnished her family history. Her parents and grandparents were all imprisoned in the Gulags of Siberia during World War II. Stripped of all that was dear to them, they were amnestied, housed in refugee camps over five continents and then derogatorily labeled “DP’s” or displaced persons.
This exhibition will feature large scale works inspired by the crocheted doilies created by her grandmother during the war, Eastern European folk heritage, botanical matter and animals native to Central Ontario and her environment.
Tina Poplawski would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of The Government of Ontario.