Relief prints by Sepúlveda and collagraphs by Mayrhofer reflect on natural disasters, human intervention and resilience. Sepúlveda contemplates the paradox of volcanic eruptions as both, life-giving and destructive. Mayrhofer poses the elements and objects left behind from the built environment.
Dámarys Sepúlveda’s current body of ten relief prints is a representation of active and dormant volcanoes from different regions. She uses the paradox of volcanic eruptions as both, life giving and destructive, in order to evoke reflections on migration, natural disasters and human resilience against climate change, political upheavals and relocation. The imagery explores how natural and manufactured disasters contribute to our ever-changing societal landscape and build human resilience. Sudden volcanic or political eruptions create chaos and displacement, but also may bring change and new life. On Ometepe island (in the artist’s native Nicaragua), there is a saying that, “Volcanic ashes bring good crops.”
A graduate of the Nicaraguan Fine Arts Academy with a Visual Art Diploma, Dámarys Sepúlveda’s paintings and prints have been exhibited in Nicaragua, Barcelona, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico and Hamilton, Ontario. In 1984, she received a two-year scholarship to participate in a hands-on learning experience, teaching visual art to children in L’arc Children’s Art School, Barcelona, Spain. Dámarys is a strong advocate of Art and Social Change, and an active member in several art organizations in British Columbia.
Two small series of collagraphs by Ingrid Mayrhofer address climate change and extinction, survival and renewal of the earth. The imagery dwells on matters of the land, flora and fauna. It hints at human intervention through objects from the built environment that it has left behind, including a dwelling from Hamilton’s industrial sector. Each series works with states printed from the same background plate, movable parts and ghost images to form different narratives. Disasters explores the elements at their most detrimental potential to humans. Endangered includes images of threatened species, some of which are still present in the natural areas surrounding our cities.
In addition to her double major in printmaking and photography, Mayrhofer (BFA, MA, York University) works with installation, intervention, video and clay. Recent presentations include Orillia Museum (solo), group exhibitions at WAHC, AGW, and upcoming exhibitions at the AGH (February 2022) and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (September 2022).