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“Through a cultural viewpoint on a hyphenated identity, I examine ways of displaying relationships between spaces. My studio and material-based research reveal my personal experience as a Hindu Canadian. I produce paintings, mixed media, and installation artworks using materiality, artist techniques, and experimental processes. As I address themes of cultural hybridity, movement, displacement, and memory, I develop new ways of representing the social institutions, achievements, spiritual symbols, and traditions that epitomize South Asian and Canadian cultures. In my paintings, I reference nature and spiritual objects. The sacred threads and their intertwining nature act as a metaphor for my dual identity. Using natural elements and a variety of flora has been a healing source for me; they have helped to challenge the cultural disruption I have experienced throughout my life. Flowers like the marigolds are used in traditional floral garlands in Indian rituals. They can differ in size and colours, having multi-layered identities and these variations continue to captivate me as a motif for my paintings. I express a conflict of feelings through colour and materiality to create environments that will encourage healing. Mandalas are discussed and used in Eastern and Western practices, and I use them to explore intersecting ideas about the mandala in Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures. I examine how the materiality of salt can be used to accentuate spirituality and convey a sense of displacement within my cultural experiences. The autoethnographic research approach I used addresses hybrid cultural identity as a language to communicate the aesthetics of material, in combination with spiritual and meditative practices. I highlight the space between what is tangible and what is a distant memory, integrating two diametrically opposed cultures to embrace the contrasts of my identities.

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Vicky Talwar is a Canadian-born Interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, and the United Kingdom. Vicky Talwar’s recent work was currently exhibited at the Latcham Art Centre which also served as her Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design thesis exhibition with the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). Vicky has participated in group exhibitions at The Graduate Gallery at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and The Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto as well as two solo shows at Hashtag Gallery in Toronto. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Juror’s Award for the Annual Juried Exhibition presented by Latcham Art Centre. Vicky holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design, a Bachelor of Education from York University, and is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts in Art, Media & Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU).
OCAD U - Graduate Studies
Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes and MFA)
Major In progress, 2022
York University
Bachelor of Education
Major Completed, 2006
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major Completed, 2005

Painting, Mixed Media, Installation and Performance

2022, Inward Identities
Latcham Art Centre