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When I was brought on to curate the Windowbox, Claire L. Correia was one of the first artists I approached. Nine months later Claire is unveiling her ambitious piece IMAGINARIUM: Mothgirl, a multi-media kinetic sculpture and automatic shadow-puppet installation at Gallery 1313.

Portrait of the artist, by Kevin Niu.

Portrait of the artist, by Kevin Niu.

Join us at Gallery 1313 on Wednesday April 29th between 7.00 and 8.00 p.m. for an artist talk and screening of a film by Tarquin Richards.  The piece will exhibit for the Month of May 2015.

Last July Claire and I had our first meeting about IMAGINARIUM:

Here is a short trailer as the piece was coming together:

Imaginarium :: Mothgirl for the month of May, 2015.

The sill of the display window is very high – 51”, and so eye-level is close to the base of the bottom theatre. We peer up and into the Imaginarium, as though we were children taken to see the department store Christmas panoramas downtown. Kinetic pieces inside the Imaginarium move because they are attached to strings; these strings are passed through strategically placed pulleys, which in turn lead them backstage where they are attached to the wire baskets of oscillating fans. As the fans rotate, strings are either pulled or released – causing movement in the puppets.

In the lower theatre, the Imaginarium uses theatrical set design and shadow-puppets to reveal the wonder of a young Inuit girl as she first sees moths on the land. Above the girl, the upper theatre reveals the busy Spirit world that surrounds her, she cannot see, but is there nevertheless. Although this piece comments on climate change (in the Arctic, as permafrost is melting and glaciers are receding, creatures previously unknown to that landscape are moving further and further into the North), here the viewer is invited use her imagination and simply enjoy the view, as she did when she saw those Christmas windows as a child.

Artist Claire Louise Correia

Curated by Lisa Anita Wegner for Gallery 1313 Windowbox

Creative Support by Don Brinsmead
Documentary and editorial support by Tarquin Richards

Claire Correia was born in 1961, and spent her first years in London, England. In 1968 – when she was seven years old, Claire’s mother took she and her sister hitchhiking across Europe to Ibiza, and on to Morocco.They lived on the road for some time – after which the two children lived with a guardian on a farm, and then with their grandparents in their large country house. Eventually the girls joined their mother and her new husband in Bermuda, where they spent their teenaged years.

Claire came to Canada and attended the Ontario College of Art in the early 1980s, stayed, and maintained a drawing and painting studio in Toronto until 2011.

Six years ago, while watching over a dying friend – Claire had a vision, during which she saw her friend’s vibrant spirit floating in front of the exhausted body. After this experience, Claire’s art changed ;The works of Mark Rothko and Jean Miro held new meaning for her as she saw connection between them and her own mystical experience. She began thinking about ways to evoke the invisible world with which we share space, and from this began Heaven’s Breath –
an ongoing major body of work for which she works with flameworked and cast glass, metal and wood, attaching thousands of tiny hot glass spheres and other elements to the heads of pins, and then assembling them into relief sculptures.

There is a sense of freedom and purpose with Claire’s art today that was not present in her earlier drawing and painting. She feels guided in the work she is producing now, and is excited to constantly push herself into the territory of unfamiliar media. Her most recent piece, Imaginarium Mothgirl – a kinetic sculpture & shadow puppet theatre project, revealing life on both the visible and invisible planes as a young girl watches moths at dusk – exemplifies this push, as Claire begins to explore the possibilities of making art that moves.

Claire L. Correia Lives in downtownToronto with her family. She is a member of the Akin Collective art studio, and is also a design educator at Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology.

 

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