By working in a collaborative effort with my mother, I am able to translate the journey of her illness and better understand her as she is now – Angela Marino
Confronting the Other; The Hybrid is a mixed media installation that offers emotionally intense portraits of a female figure undergoing a transformation from coherence to disarray.
Inspired by the artists’ experience of her mother’s encounter with severe and debilitating illness, the paintings depict a figure that multiplies, morphs, and at times seems to be engulfed by chaos. On the east wall, Kim is seated on an orange couch, surrounded by a vibrant and strangely unnerving cacophony of colorful forms.
On the west wall are three circular portraits in which Angela’s mother, Kim. Her head floats in the middle of these medallion-like portraits; her gaze matches ours. Between the portraits is an oversized bench to encourage visitors to reflect on the impact of disease, the experience of loss, and the possibilities of building relationships.
Confronting the Other; The Hybrid runs from November 17, 2017 to March 23rd, 2018. Angela will present an artist talk, to be followed by a closing reception, at 3:00 pm on March 23rd. All are welcome to attend!
Angela Marino is from Hamilton, Ontario. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from McMaster University and recently defended her MFA (Painting) at the University of Alberta. She works in acrylics and performance and is broadly interested in the way disease affects the human form. Her work is motivated by her relationship with her mother, who has Multiple Sclerosis.