eye: self portrait, 2011
eye: self portrait, 2011

My work is mainly about folding and unfolding structures. Working with folds was first a way to make my charcoal drawings bigger than I thought possible for me, while also re-imagining part of my everyday housework. It’s become a way to let the canvas have a say in what I make with it, and to think about the emergence of patterns and flexible geometry. The way soft structures can protect and then fall away from a new form is a recurring interest.

Some other inspirations include the relationship between art and science, the development of meaningful patterns through layers of change, and the question of what beauty is. I also pay attention to the way it feels to see or to not see something. Sometimes I work in non-studio spaces like the park or the kitchen, and references to physics and nature come up a lot in the work. Maybe this is about looking for common ground or trying to understand what it means for something to have authority or to be real in the world.


I recently completed a BFA at OCAD University in Toronto where I studied drawing and painting.  Previously I studied at Loughborough University School of the Arts in East Midlands, UK, and I also have a Hon.B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in physics and environmental studies.  My main interests have been beauty, inner experience and the different ways people see.  Awards received include scholarships from the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton, OCADFA and Loughborough University School of the Arts. My work has been exhibited recently at public galleries in Toronto, Midland and Hamilton.

Born in Toronto, I was raised in Southern California, USA and Southern Ontario, Canada.  I live and work in Ontario now.


Trudy Perks (b.1977, Canada)
trudyperks(at)gmail.com; www.trudyperks.com

OCAD University: BFA with distinction, drawing and painting, 2016
Loughborough University School of the Arts: art and design studio practice, 2010
University of Toronto: Hon.BSc, physics and environmental studies, 2000

2014       Womens Art Association of Hamilton Scholarship
.              OCADFA Memorial Scholarship, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2011       Semi-finalist, Signature Art Awards
2010       Loughborough University Scholarship

2018    Art is Communication, Painting with the Past at The Double Door Gallery, Minesing
.           The Big Draw, OCAD University, Toronto
.           On the Move, Quest Art School and Gallery, Midland
2017    Art Toronto 2017, OCADU Booth B04, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
.           Resilient Structures, Open Studio at The Cotton Factory Studios, Hamilton
.           Painting with the Past, LE Shore Memorial Library Gallery, Thornbury
.           Guidance, James St N Gallery at Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton
.           Fabrications, Upper Gallery, Quest Art, Midland
2016    WTFDYP: Go Figure, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
.           Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed, Orillia Museum of Art and History
.           Consensus, Quest Art School & Gallery, Midland
.           Awenda Inspired, Ada Slaight Transit Space Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto
2015    WTFDYP, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
.           Solo Exhibition: Redeeming History, First Floor Gallery, City of Barrie
.           Eat the Menu, Symington House Group Show, Toronto
.           100: GradEx, OCAD University, Toronto
.           The Big Draw, OCAD University, Toronto
2014    Process Work, Transit Space Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto
.           Two Week Marriage, Thesis Students Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto
.           Soaring Ambitions, OSA Emerging Artists, Toronto
2013    Ontario Society of Artists Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works, Toronto
2012    Studio Tour, Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts (BMFA), Collingwood
.           Solo Exhibition: Utopia and Other Dreams, The Bay School of Art, Collingwood
.           Members Art Show, BMFA, Collingwood
2008    Solo Exhibition: City Hall Rotunda, City of Barrie

2016     “Collapse of a wave function,” WTFDYP, Gladstone Hotel
2015     “A Triptych for Unfolding,” WTFDYP, Gladstone Hotel
2015     “Still life under water,” 100: Grad Ex, OCAD University
2013     “Chestnut and pines in a park,” OSA Members’ Selected Works, Paper Mill Gallery
2009      Programme Cover, Huronia Dance Centre
2003      “The Interaction Between Physical and Social-Psychological Factors in Indoor Environmental Health,” Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Kluwer Academic Publishers

Collections  Works held in private collections in Canada, the United States and the UK

Additional information and references available on request.