Angela Aujla is an emerging artist working in the areas of line drawing, collage, and mixed media. She is also a professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies, and a mother. In much of her work, she seeks to emphasize the resilience and dignity of South Asian women, particularly as it is the women who have traditionally had the difficult task of being the keepers and transmitters of culture, language and tradition, a task made particularly challenging in diasporic contexts. In the words of Sikh poet, Amrita Pritam, there are many stories which “are not written on paper, but are written on the bodies and minds of women.” The specific story in Angela’s work is left ambiguous, as she hopes the viewer will see something of their own story reflected in her portraits.
The lines of Angela’s artwork are fluid and connected with elements that are out of place, out of proportion and fragmented, just as the self and identity are. By creating lines that are dynamic and have a lot of movement, Angela hopes her artistic style will reflect conceptions of culture, tradition and identity being in constant re-creation and flux, rather than static and timeless. Angela’s work has been part of a number of recent group exhibitions in Toronto, Berkely (CA), Barrie, Innisfil, Midland, Anten Mills, Brampton, and Orillia. She has sold her artwork both internationally and domestically to private collections in Amsterdam, New Jersey, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Lake Cowichan, Port Credit, Barrie, Oro Station, Innisfil, and Midland.