Project Description

ARTIST PROFILE

Amrita Virdi

Artist Profile

Amrita Virdi

My experiments in art making have led me to explore different ways of combining paint and collage to create images that are whole and complete like the spectrum of colours in visible light. I am interested in how our world is saturated by colour; I obsess over every soft hue of yellow and each shade of potent deep blue. Each colour evokes a sense of feeling and this fascination, encourages me to mix colours with the awareness that certain colour combinations can stimulate a range of responses from an inner sense of peace through to distress.

I enjoy attentively watching each colour react to the next in a continuum of layers of tactile and often thick paint. I often mix colours straight on the canvas by double loading my brush with two colours that blend together as I move my brush across the canvas. I work on the floor so that I can circulate around the canvas to capture and connect shapes with my physical gestures. This flow of controlled and uncontrolled gesture creates an abstracted space of my motions.

After I paint the background I often use different methods to place images onto the canvas. When the images are added to a painting they are stripped of their original content and painted over. This overpainting locks the images into their new homes, and detaches them from their cultural or advertising narratives. The repurposed images work beside each other and with the background to complicate our ideas and perceptions of our work-a-day realities. I disrupt everyday images that stimulate our attention, with strange new colours and forms that make you question and wonder what you are looking it. The combination of cursive paint and found images are windows into my conditional perceptions of the social worlds I move through. As I continue to create paintings with layers of how I perceive a limitless universe, by adding my own struggles, pain, love, and laughter, which through your eyes will change to become something different.

2020

Why Do You Create?

Visual Arts Mississauga

2020

Controlled Chaos

Solo Exhibition. The Open Gallery at The Studio Paint Bar

2020

Living Online

The Open Gallery

2019

Under 100

Northern Contemporary Gallery

2019

The State of Being

Visual Arts Mississauga

2019

Fix Up

Northern Contemporary Gallery

2019

Toronto Visionary Art Exhibit

Alternative Thinking

2019

Art in Motion

Pixie Blue Studio

2019

Inside | Outside

Helson Gallery

2019

Standing Tree Woman

Royal Banquet Hall

2019

Now Streaming

Visual Arts Mississauga Creative Residency

2018

Toronto Visionary Exhibit

Super Wonder Gallery

2018

Souled Out

Mississauga Arts Council & The Open Gallery at West Edge

2018

O CANADA

City of Mississauga at Celebration Square

2018

Under Construction

Visual Arts Mississauga at Central Library

2018

You Are In-Visible

Open Gallery

2017

Paint, Pixels, and Pints

Landsdowne Brewery

2017

Verge

Blackwood Gallery

2017

Thoreau’s View

Open Gallery at Studio 89

2017

Necessary Gestures

Visual Arts Mississauga

2017

The Middle Child

Woman’s Art Association