The O Gallery’s Current Exhibition

As Perennial As the Grass

Vanessa Pejovic

Fields

Jackie Partridge

Inked

Saumya Gupta

Untitled

Marie-Anne Dods

Vanessa Pejovic – As Perennial As the Grass

Artist Statement

A line in Max Ehrmann’s poem Desiderata reads, “….Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.”

I’m drawn to the beauty of grasses in all seasons and conditions: their diversity and resilience; their grace and movement. Like love, grasses thrive when approached with gratitude, respect, and a nurturing hand. Decline may be inevitable, but they don’t stay down for long.

This is a small collection of some of my favourite grassy images made during the past year.

Artist Background

Vanessa Pejovic is a photographer living and working in Ontario’s Waterloo Region. Self-taught, she enjoys wandering her neighbourhoods, practicing the art of noticing. Much of her work is abstract or minimalist, inspired by nature and architecture. She’s drawn to nature’s constant cycle of generation and decay.

Vanessa Pejovic is a photographer living and working in Ontario’s Waterloo Region. Self-taught, she enjoys wandering her neighbourhoods, practicing the art of noticing. Much of her work is abstract or minimalist, inspired by nature and architecture. She’s drawn to nature’s constant cycle of generation and decay.

Giving back to the community is an important aspect of Vanessa’s art practice. She is pleased and proud to support the work of several local charities through her love of photography.

Jackie Partridge- Fields

Artist Statement

Fields is an exhibition with work from Jackie Partridge. I grew up in the small town of Wellesley, Ontario with a family heritage of farming, I have visually seen the land developing over time. I have seen and felt both the impacts of climate change and urbanization within my community.

As a mixed media artist and paper maker, I am interested in expressing the rural landscape in an abstract and poetic way through drawings and installations. In this exhibition, I reference farmlands through aerial views of fields by creating repetitive line making. Through the transformation of often everyday items like dish cloths I reference the history of the object. I grew up with eight grandmothers including great-great grandmothers. The role of domesticity and  the craft of sewing and embroidery come into my work as a way of paying tribute to them.

Artist Background

Jackie Partridge graduated in 2018 with her Master of Fine arts in the Fibres and Material Practices Program at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. In 2015, she completed her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing and her Honours Bachelor of Education specializing in grades 4-12 at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON. She has exhibited her work across Canada in solo and group exhibitions. In 2017-2018 she attended two artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Women’s Studio Workshop for paper making. Jackie is currently living and working in Wellesley, Ontario.

Saumya Gupta – Inked

Artist Statement

The theme of my paintings is ‘Inked‘, inspired by my own desire of getting inked someday. I have always associated tattoos to be a form of creative self-expression and ever since taking a History of Art in India I have been trying my hand at canvas painting.

Artist Background

Saumya Gupta is from Muscat, Oman and studied sketching back home from a local art teacher from the ages of 12 to 13. She is currently finishing her undergraduate at the University of Waterloo in Statistics and Psychology. During the last two years of her schooling, she has taken art classes and explored the history of art in India which piqued her interest in canvas painting and is something she has been practicing ever since.

Marie-Anne Dods – Untitled

Artist Statement

My work does not have a very fixed subject, nor fixed material. There is a variety of mediums used, such as watercolour paint, acrylic paint and clay paste on canvases as well as charcoal drawings and pencil and pen drawings on paper. However, most of my work is inspired by specific parts of the human body by focusing on different and smaller parts in my work or by adding a twist to the basic human body. The use of this inspiration is to highlight the beauty, difference and details the body has that can often be overlooked.

Another part of my work is a mix of mediums and includes a lot of colour in order to captivate the eye. This part of my work in my interpretation of Graffiti, and demonstrates the brightness street art can bring although it is often concealed.

Artist Background

Marie-Anne Dods is a local visual artist. She is a high school student who has always been passionate about making visual art and is aspiring to continue to develop as an artist as well as to find a career in the visual arts. Her work is mostly inspired by specific aspects of the human body and is meant to shine a light on the refinement and specialty of the body.