A few months ago, I submitted one of my pieces of art to the Art Gallery of Ontario. They were running an online exhibition called Portraits of Resilience. I called my piece Phoenix Rising because I knew that I would need to rely on the power of my spirit to see myself through the Covid pandemic. I really wanted to capture the brightness of my spirit and the fire I contained within. I also knew that we would rise above this, that we would find a way to begin again.
It made it into the Portraits of Resilience, and I was so thrilled. It’s an honour to have my piece included along with thousands of other portraits and photographs that show how strong we are as a people. It was a thrill just to be part of such a diverse online experience. You can view all the Portraits of Resilience here: https://ago.ca/portraits-resilience
I got an email yesterday and I’m still gobsmacked. The email is from the AGO! The email says:
This spring, the Portraits of Resilience Project will be highlighted in the AGO exhibition, I AM HERE: Home Movies and Everyday Masterpieces. Featuring home movies from the Prelinger Archives, alongside celebrated artworks by the likes of David Hockney, Patti Smith, Claes Oldenburg, Annie Pootoogook, Arthur Jafa and Mary Pratt, as well as snapshots, photo albums, grocery lists, and social media, the exhibition brings together a broad range of personal records from different times and places to explore the shared human impulse to document life as it happens. As part of the exhibition, curators have assembled a digital tribute to the Portraits of Resilience Project, presenting a slide show of images featured in the online gallery. Due to the overwhelming response, this tribute has a run time of more than five hours.
I’m going to get two complimentary tickets so that I can go and see the I AM HERE exhibit. It’s so amazing to have a piece of my art featured in the Art Gallery of Ontario. It doesn’t feel real yet.
One things for sure, I will celebrate this weekend.