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"Mosa Neshama McNeilly: The Journey Begins; A 15 Year - Retrospective 1987-2002"
2004-09-17 until 2004-10-15
The Journey Begins; A 15 Year - Retrospective 1987-2002 by African Canadian contemporary artist Mosa Neshama McNeilly will be a condensed sampling of work spanning the first 15 years of her career and will be exhibited from Thursday September 16th through October 15th 2004 at Studio Visuals. As a visual artist, Mosa has explored themes of home, identity and spirituality, ensconsed in textures, words and symbols conveying inspirational images of the power and sensuality of womanhood. T
The work begins in 1987 with the stark black and white works, transitions into the densely textured monoprints, evolves into the colourful mixed media works and culminates in the ritualistic found objects installations in 2002. This exhibition is comprised of cut out works on paper and canvas and mixed media on canvas.
“I work as a bilingual, multidisciplinary artist and arts educator in the visual and the performing arts.” Mc Neilly says “I have never shied away from the difficult work of embracing and conveying the complexity of my cultural diversity and artistic multiplicity. I strive to remain engaged politically, communicating my view of the world and my place in it, consistently re-examining my economic, gender and race analysis. “The Journey Begins” is a junction, where the viewer and I stand together, looking back at this 15-year progression and imagining what lies ahead”
Mosa was born in Toronto, in 1964 of Grenadian, Jewish, Scottish, Romanian and African roots . She has trained at the Parson School of Design, New York in 1981 and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, in 1988 .She has exhibited her artwork in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, Mexico, Grenada and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Most recently received a grant for from the Ontario Arts council. Mosa celebrates the art of living with her daughter.