Artist in Residence Program
Pavitra Wickramasinghe (November 29 - December 20)
Pavitra Wickramasinghe was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Montréal. She is mainly concerned with new ways of conceptualizing the moving image and exploring conventions of seeing. Her work attempts to draw the viewer in through curiosity, intrigue and a sense of wonder, while hovering between experiment and play. Pavitra is guided by the need to know how things work – to break down motion, video and screen to their basic elements and to build them up again. Projections become particles of light and moving shadows; screens crystallize and deconstructs; and motion is suspended into still elements. For the past few years she has been preoccupied by the idea of giving a physical form to light, shadow and projection.
Currently, she is exploring the notion of "here." What does it mean to be here when we are citizens of the world and our families and friends are scattered over the globe? Pavitra grew up in Sri Lanka and Canada, and lived and worked as an artist in Asia, Europe and North America. The sense of place and locale plays a large part in her work and she works with imagery that provokes notions of traveling and the fluidity of place. She uses shadow as a stand in for these notions. Shadows provide an opportunity for illusion, trickery and exploring perception as an integral part of understanding. It is proof that not all meaning can be created or displayed in light and indicates the absolute consistency of change and the impossibility of fixed meaning.
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