I am an emerging artist from Toronto who is passionate about drawing, painting, and ceramics. I have studied with artists Ed Pien, Brian Smith, and Elly Smallwood. I have shown my work in 2016 at the Cabbagetown Art Fair, and in 2018 at the Queen West Art Crawl. In 2016, I was awarded the Emerging Toronto Artist Character Award.
I am passionate about using art as a way to connect with other people and create a community. I have volunteered as an arts facilitator at CAMH, with at-risk youth through Smile Kids Japan, and most recently at Sketch Community Arts, where I helped facilitate a youth arts collective.
I identify as a queer tomboy, a settler, and an immigrant, having arrived from Romania 16 years ago.
My work focuses on narratives of identity. Who are we at our core? How do we connect with nature, with ourselves and with those around us? My large-scale pastel drawings explore and help us reconnect with the lost parts of ourselves. There are many sides to each of us, some of which we keep hidden away, but all of which are integral to the story of our lives. By overlapping multiple images of the same person, I create abstracted composite figures to form more complete images of the subject that become unrecognizable at the same time.
As an artist and a model, I love exploring the place of women in art both behind and in front of the canvas. My latest series, WTF Art History, challenges the ways women have been depicted throughout art history and captures the women’s determined reactions to push against the voyeuristic gaze. It challenges old conventions of representations and empowers women to reclaim their images and call out the sexism and violence inherent in art history.