(2014) oil on canvas 14 x 16 inches

(2014) oil on canvas 14 x 16 inches

STANZIE TOOTH, MFA '15, INHABITED, Solo Exhibition, General Hardware

General Hardware Contemporary
1520 Queen Street West, Toronto, M6R 1A4
January 10 - February 7, 2015
Reception: Saturday January 10 from 3 – 6 pm

Stanzie Tooth’s second solo exhibition at GHC presents her exploration of her identity which is rooted in a place; her family home in rural Ontario where she grew up with her four sisters. In this new body of work she questions the ability of landscape to act as a genre through which she can explore expressions of her identity. Through her gestural mark she communicates her knowledge of this place and the psycho-social impact it holds for her.

These landscapes are inhabited. The intersection of the body and the land is an important image, with each becoming porous and receptive to the other. She attempts to escape narrative hierarchies of body and ground to speak to the ideas of the bodily as receptive to, or conductive of, the environment. Tooth sees her current painting process and its relationship to imagery through the lens of “becoming”. Straying from her former reliance on image references, her paintings now begin with a gesture or a remembered image. The process is then reactionary one of making and unmaking.

Tooth sees bifurcations in paintings becoming new content in the work. Overlapping gestures, shifting planes and moments of erasure, become new zones for understanding. In some paintings, gestures have given way to creaturely moments where a human or animal presence seems to emerge out of a purely material expression. She connects this sense of becoming in the material language of the work to her understanding of identity. By grounding her identity in place and then disrupting space through the process of painting, she attempts to expose its liminal nature.

Stanzie Tooth is an MFA candidate at the University of Ottawa. In 2007 she received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design with an award for excellence in painting. In 2012 Stanzie’s work was included in “60 Painters” at Humber College, an ambitious overview of contemporary Canadian painting. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada. Concurrently with Inhabited, Tooth will be exhibiting work in the group exhibition Deep Woods at the Harbourfront Centre vitrine gallery from January 24 – June 14, 2015.