My work is mainly about folding and unfolding structures. Working with folds was a way to make charcoal drawings bigger than I believed possible for me. Folds were part of my everyday housework. They've become a way to let the canvas have a say, 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.
Biography: I completed a BFA at OCAD University in Toronto (drawing and painting) and previously studied at Loughborough University School of the Arts in East Midlands, UK, My Hon.B.Sc. is from the University of Toronto in physics and environmental studies. Interests have consistently 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. Born in Toronto, I was raised in Southern California, USA and Southern Ontario, Canada. I live and work in Ontario now. Contact: trudyperks(at)gmail.com