THE TORONTO STAR AGO course explores feminism through art: Participants learn to use visual art to inspire change and create dialogue." by JACKIE HONG, staff reporter Friday, April 14, 2017 Canadian artist Aleks Bartosik has long used painting, drawing and sculpture to explore feminist ideas.
Her life experiences were the inspiration behind the first edition of “Art-making Inspired by Feminist Ideas,” a course at the Art Gallery of Ontario that saw a dozen participants explore feminism through various visual mediums including zine-making, collage, painting and sculpture.
“It was feminist-driven . . . but I don’t want that to be the only thing that (participants) take away from it,” Bartosik said in March after the conclusion of the first edition. “(I hope they get) a sense of achievement and self-expression to speak through visual language, to inspire change or create a dialogue about feminism and talk about ideas to end sexism, oppression, things like that,” she said.
“Art-making is just one form they can do that through without standing around and picketing.”
The second edition of the course will run for five weeks starting May 3, and costs $275 for AGO members or $355 for the public. Registration is available on the AGO’s website.
The Star asked some of the first edition participants what feminism means to them and how they expressed it through the art they made during the course.
My thanks goes out to Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Mississauga Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council for their support and encouragement in my artistic career.
Thank you also to Julie and Richard of Headbones Gallery for all their support, encouragement and all the opportunities that they have given me to evolve within the artistic community.
All staff at Vermont Studio Center and the amazing artists I met during my stay, with a special mention to John Ross who established galleryELL (NY) and features my art work in 2009-2011.
A big shout-out goes to the former Project 165 Crew; Ryan, Karol and Alex, for all the continuous opportunities of collaboration and experimentation. Keep on!
Winston and Jeff of Film Fort and all the talented artists and film makers that I had the pleasure to meet, work and screen with.
Nico Thiboutot for his beautiful design for my web-site. As well as, a big thank you goes out to Guy Bérubé, the director of La Petite Mort Gallery in Ottawa. (and my gallery Representation) And of course, a *Special* thank you to my loving family for always standing by me and providing me with the life tools necessary to grow as a human being and artist. Thank you to my partner, my best friends and my loved ones for loving me and accepting me exactly as I am.