Panya Clark Espinal
Panya Clark Espinal is a multi-media installation artist who investigates the mechanisms of cultural representation and their silent influence over our perceptions of the world. Through site-specific installations, exhibitions and public commissions, she brings renewed intimacy to the act of looking while raising questions about issues of authenticity, appropriation, reproduction, collection, and display.
In her project for Open Studio titled Material Redistribution she is exploring the co-existence of materiality and image by printing images of bricks with pigment made from ground bricks.
Panya Clark Espinal lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1988, receiving the Governor General’s Award for her work in Experimental Art and Sculpture Installation. She is current candidate in the Criticism and Curatorial Masters Program at OCADU. Solo exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Embassy (Tokyo), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the National Gallery of Canada, Oakville Galleries, and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. She has also exhibited in England, Italy, and Spain. As an active producer of public art commissions, she has created pieces for such prominent organizations as the Toronto Transit Commission, Covenant House, and various community institutions in and around Toronto. Her work is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.