Ever since moving to Toronto, the Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) has been my favourite museum in the city. It’s not a special building with grandiose architecture or anything fancy, but the intimate scale gives visitors a pleasant experience. You don’t feel physically drained of your energy when going through the exhibitions as you might feel when visiting larger museums. Above all, I discovered many artists that moved me and a lot of the art I have been exposed to over the years at the TMC has inspired my own work.
For this reason, I secretly wished one day my work would be exhibited at the Textile Museum and it is now a dream come true! (I actually hoped for a solo show, but it’s a start ;)
Curated by Nathalie Bertin and Lisa Shepherd, Breathe is a touring exhibition I have been part of and their final show is happening at the TMC! Featuring a collection of traditionally crafted masks made during the pandemic, this exhibition couldn’t be more timely as the use of masks seems to be here to stay. While the use of masks indoors is still encouraged in certain settings, we now also need to wear them outdoors to protect our health from poor air quality.
The exhibition opened on July 5th and will be on until October 1st 2023. I will attended the opening reception and artist talk. It was such an pleasure and honour to meet Nathalie Bertin, Marlene Kelly and Dianne Brown-Green among other artists present at the event and connect with other participating artists in this project!
If you happen to be in Toronto while the exhibition is on, I highly recommend the visit, mostly to see all the other amazing works on show.