Latcham Art Centre presents the exhibition Inward Identities, featuring the artwork of Vicky Talwar.
Vicky Talwar is a Whitchurch-Stouffville artist who draws upon her personal experience as a Hindu-Canadian to produce painting, mixed media and installation artwork.
In her artistic practice, she addresses themes of cultural hybridity, displacement, movement and memory.
“Latcham Art Centre is pleased to host Vicky Talwar’s recent work which also serves as her Masters of Fine Arts Thesis exhibition with the Ontario College of Art and Design,” Latcham’s curator Carolyn Hickey said.
The exhibition Inward Identities visually represents Talwar’s unique multicultural identity as a Hindu-Canadian.
In her paintings, she expresses the contrasts of her identity by embracing both vibrant colour and textured materiality.
Talwar uses reoccurring spiritual motifs including intertwining flower garlands, mala beads, and sacred threads to create a sense of presence and intention while playful brushstrokes and an atmospheric background produces a feeling of in-betweenness and transcendency.
Similarly, her installation artwork included in Inward Identities operates under the same theme, using salt as an artistic medium. Inspired by ritualistic qualities of the mandala, she uses salt as a purifying material to accentuate her spirituality.
Acting as a self-portrait of her enlightening individuality, Inward Identities showcases Vicky Talwar’s relationship with art throughout her life and encourages our community to engage with their own cultural experience through the visual arts.
Latcham Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario Arts Council, and Tiny Seedings for their generous support of this exhibition. The exhibition runs from January 8 to February 19.
The opening reception is scheduled for January 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The artist will be present to discuss her artwork. All are welcome.
Image Credit: Vicky Talwar, Divinity. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.