Artist

Artist Bio

Montina Hussey is a force of curiousity and enthusiasm. A Metis artist, she was brought up in a large family of musicians, artists, and documentary film makers. She pursued a self directed practice in Florence Italy, is a graduate from OCAD University, and now fully settled in Toronto, she makes waves with solo and group shows, and unique collaborations. Montina's approach to her work has always been an exploration of her vulnerability. She is a powerful emotional interpreter and is completely unabashed about revealing the shadows of one's psyche. Her work in Italy centred around grotesque entangled monsters that contained her sexual trauma and appetite. By painting and scratching away at the memory of her grandparents,  she explored epigenetic memory and intergenerational trauma, in her graduating thesis. Her paintings dance between figuration and abstraction, blur facts and crystallize detail equally, just as memory behaves.  They explode with colour and movement and aggression as she wrestles with the fragments of self that are hard to put into words. She asks the viewer to surrender to the full play of what is ordinarily called the terror of the unknown. When you face these shadows, the self splinters, and an ecstatic sense of freedom erupts. Her practice is the stage between the unveiling and the freedom. 



Solo Exhibitions

Transfiguration: A Case Study on Epigenetic Memory, Bainton Gallery, Blyth, Ontario, 2016

Ancestral Overlap,White House Studio Projects, Toronto, Ontario  2016

The Inbetween, York Lane Art Collective, Stratford, Ontario 2018


Select Group Exhibitions

Brazen Sexual Stigma Overcome, Project Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2013

Reversion, Moniker Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2014

Open Studio, OCAD University, Florence, Italy, 2014 

Contrapuntal, Mayday Club, Florence, Italy, 2014

Annual Florence Program Show, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada, 2015

Prospettiva, OCAD University, Florence, Italy, 2015 

Enough, WIMA(Women in Art and Music), D-BeatStro, Toronto, Ontario 2015

Florence 40th Celebration,OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario 2015

GradEx, OCAD University, Toronto,Ontario  2016

Female x Female, York Lane Art Collective, Stratford, Ontario 2017

Shedding Light on the Shadow, Artusiasm, Toronto, Ontario 2018

Publications

Prospettiva, Exhibition Catalogue, OCAD University, 2015


Affiliations 

Abilities Art Collective
Top Collective 

Experience

Art Battle Participant, Toronto Ontario, 2018

Art Instructor and Assistant, Fresh Paint Studios 2018

Figure Model, Toronto, ON, June 2009 - Present

Creative Interpreter,Abilities Art Collective, Toronto Ontario, 2015 – Present

Art Camp Coordinator,Studio C, Lucknow, ON, 2013 – 2015

Contact

montinah[email protected]


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