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Soojung Lee, In the past sorrow, 2017, watercolour on paper, © the Artist

Words to Pictures

January 27, March 18, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, Feb. 11 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in downtown Brampton

This exhibition brings together twenty-one poems written by senior students of Stephen Lewis Secondary School in Mississauga, and the artworks that they inspired. Each poem found visual interpretation in the art of school peers and Illustration graduates and graduating students of the School of Creative Art and Animation at Seneca College.

Under the direction of Toronto-based artist Heather Graham, students were asked to reflect on issues of personal significance rooted in their memory or private experiences. The resulting poems reflect varied topics that encompass changing realities and the technological age, feminism and women’s rights, rape, racism, poverty, political injustice, social apathy, familial discord, relationships, loss and death, peer pressure and the pressure to conform, self-acceptance, self-doubt, pride and identity crisis. Collectively, these topics express the plethora of issues and struggles that today’s youth face thus giving a voice to a generation trying to cope in their daily lives and find their place in the world.

Written words take on a passionate or critical tone to convey a range of emotions from pain and sadness to fear and anger, as warning calls or calls for improvement, even expressions of hope. The artist then provides pictorial form to the poet’s thought nuanced by the former’s imagination.

This exhibition highlights the symbiotic relationship between text and image to convey through multiple modes of expression the inner-most thoughts of socially-conscious young individuals. Aspiring artists undertook to consider and illustrate intimate and often controversial writing in a manner that is respectful of and sensitive to the original ideas of the authors.

Sharona Adamowicz-Clements
Senior Art Curator, PAMA

Joseph Nguyen, It’s Okay, 2017, acrylic on illustration board, © the Artist

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, and to converse, question and tell stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages: students, families, adults and seniors. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. Brampton. Visit and follow @visitPAMA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to learn more.

The Illustration Diploma offered within the School of Creative Arts and Animation at Seneca College is a two year diploma that combines traditional illustrative media, digital media and business skills. It educates the independent artist to succeed in the rapidly changing world of professional illustration. In addition to building on visual art skills such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital media, students also register their own small business. With website, accounting, marketing and revenue generating skills in the curriculum, students will succeed as entrepreneurial artists. Graduates go on to work in children's and comic book illustration, spot and advertising illustration and concept art for TV, film and game animation.

The School of Creative Arts and Animation within the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Design, is located at the Seneca@York campus on York University. With campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca College offers degrees, diplomas and certificates renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca graduates are career-ready. Seneca’s Faculty of Communication, Arts and Design is a recognized leader in education for a comprehensive range of fields including animation, graphic design, illustration, photography, music & performance, documentary filmmaking, media, fashion, and event production.

Kelly McConkey, Can We Walk At Night (detail), 2017, watercolour and blue pencil on paper, © the Artist

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
9 Wellington St. E.,
Brampton, ON
L6W 1Y1





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