Visiting Artists 2020-2021

Nour Bishouty Rachel Crummey Laura Findlay Dorian FitzGerald

Nour Bishouty

Working in images, video and text, Nour Bishouty’s multidisciplinary and often autobiographical practice draws upon familial and material narratives to explore and rethink the construction of popular identity in relation to narratives and histories of place. Bishouty was a fellow at Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2014/15) and an inaugural artist in residence at “Twenty-Three Days at Sea” Traveling Artist Residency (2016). Her artist book 1—130 edited by Jacob Korczynski will be published in 2020.

Rachel Crummey

Crummey states the following about her practice:

I am a visual artist and writer.  I offer rhythmic resting places, for tired eyes and exhausted bodies.  My research interests include landscape, poetry, and abstraction.  I am curious about how the natural and built environment impacts us subliminally, particularly the nervous system.  The logic of machines is all around me in the city, but I am intrigued by root systems and the murmuration of starlings.  When I sit quietly, I sometimes sense an order that is intricate, connected, and spreading.

Rachel Crummey is a visual artist and writer based in Toronto.  She has been an artist in residence with Kulturkontakt Austria and the Salzburger Kunstverein, and has exhibited in Canada, London UK, Austria, and Italy.  Her poetry has been published in The Puritan and Maisonneuve.  She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

Laura Findlay

Laura Findlay works primarily with painting and sculpture. Her work explores the relationship between destruction and creation through confrontations between naturalism and supernaturalism. She considers the psychic and subconscious communication and knowledge that emerges in response to histories of trauma, to ask how a destructive event can become a constructive origin.

Laura Findlay (b. Montreal) is a Toronto based artist. She was the 2017 Brucebo Foundation artist-in-residence in Gotland Sweden, and has been a resident at the Banff Centre, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

Dorian FitzGerald

Dorian FitzGerald makes monumental paintings of materially excessive situations, using an idiosyncratic technique he has been refining for several years. Past subject matter includes the dining room of Stefano Gabbana’s yacht; Drummond Gardens, the oldest privately held formal gardens in the United Kingdom; the VIP room in the Casa de Musica in Lisbon; and the oldest crown found in Europe. He lives and works in Toronto, where he is represented by Clint Roenisch Gallery