Paint the Halls Women’s College Hospital, Art Battle, TO, 2013
When I responded to this exhibition call, I was responding to the opportunity to help raise funds for Women’s College Hospital. I have so many friends and relatives who have benefited from the stellar services provided by the staff there. It seemed to me at the time to be a step towards bringing my art and healing worlds together.
Giving back is the foundation of my practice and part of being in right relation for me. I feel very blessed and want to do my part for everyone to experience that feeling. Participating in an event that drew people together around making art and raising money for an important hospital felt like a perfect fit for where I was at.
I responded spontaneously from the heart without reading the fine print so I was quite surprised to find that I would have an audience while painting. I was even more surprised to find the experience exhilarating and energizing.
I painted the wall the same way I approach any other blank canvas – without a plan. The first marks led to the next. I hadn’t used acrylic paints in a long time and had to get used to the slippery, wet feeling of the paint against the hard surface of the wall. It was a whole body experience and I was quickly immersed in the work and oblivious to what was going on around me. The flower-like shapes quickly became animated and formed a kind of community of rainbow coloured beings. A feeling of light and joyfulness gradually emerged. Given more time, I would have built up the layers in some areas and fine-tuned the overall feeling.
About the Event
Paint the Halls Women’s College Hospital was organized by Art Battle Canada to raise funds for the hospital’s renovations. 75 artists were selected to create a large original painting on the walls of the newly closed wing of the hospital in 75 minutes. Tickets were sold and approximately 1,000 visitors watched the work unfold before their eyes. The wall paintings were destroyed when the building was demolished shortly after the event. However, high quality posters of the finished paintings were sold to record the work and to raise additional funds.