June 16, 2017 – July 15, 2017
Jennie Suddick is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada who has exhibited in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from York University and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Advanced Visual Studies Certificate from OCAD University. Her solo projects have been featured at The Art Gallery of York University (agYU), The Varley Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre and as part of Land|Slide: Possible Futures at The Markham Museum and The Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. She is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD University where she is also Associate Chair, Contemporary Drawing and Print Media.
Her work deals with issues of identity, place and the seeking of personal bonds to something that is shared or re-produced, acknowledging the imprint these entities leave on individuals (or vise-versa). This includes repeated symbols and artistic themes used across cultures.
SPEAK FREELY is composed of light and shadow filtered through digitally produced papercuts. Using the cross-fertilized (as well as often conflicting) European, North African and Arabic roots of her own Maltese heritage as a jumping off point, Suddick creates a cacophony of gestures and symbols that imitate sharing and appropriation across traditions, beliefs and practices.