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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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Carolyn Tripp (Parkdale Film & Video Showcase) and I co-curate The Window Box Gallery at Phil Anderson’s Gallery 1313. Carolyn’s September’s installation was delayed due to installing new glass in the middle of the month so the space was empty in the interim.
 
I am involved in the Parkdale Art Mentorship Program and I was mentor to Maya Path. Maya came aboard my July projection/ performance exhibition STARDUST: Life on Jupiter as one of my STARDUST Technicians. She worked along with my team and my other intern Tarquin Richards. 
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Maya also assisted me for Queen of STARDUST the closing performance event of the week. And when I fell out of the ten foot dress installation it was Maya who caught me:

10549963_10154455634515521_4601145420103873695_oMaya and I are creatively simpatico and I enjoyed adding her into my art practise. We started formulated an idea of what we wanted to make for the End of Program Exhibition supported by Telus and Gallery 1313. We started playing on video and I found her shooting and her editing worked well with mine. We started working on TRIPTYCH our performance/ projection/ popcorn party installation.

“TRIPTYCH isa collaboration with Maya Path for the Parkdale Artist Mentorship Program. Maya and I created three separate films that will be phasing for the entire exhibition. There are several inflatable glitter balls. Are they are? Are they to play with? Thursday September 4th at 8pm we willperform live with Maya accompanying the films on piano from Halifax via Skype representing the future. I will be there as Mama Dada representing the past. Come into our world and experience TRIPTYCH, kick a disco ball off the time/space continuum and munch some popcorn. You won’t want to leave.”

Maya and I ended up creating a series of videos in preparation:

And it was very fun making the disco ball sculptures:

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For the opening of THE PARKDALE MENTORSHIP SHOW I created an installation based on our mentorship collaboration. Using artifacts from creating TRIPTYCH I made this Window Box Display.
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What a wonderful experience this has been. Maya is at School in Halifax and I have invited her back to collaborate when she is back in Toronto.
Cheers
Lisa,
co-curator Window Box  Gallery1313
owner Haus of Dada.

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