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Art encouraging communication and inclusiveness
Visual Art

Art encouraging communication and inclusiveness

Every night before drifting off to sleep, most people think about the activities they need to do the next day, such as taking out the garbage, going to the bank or cleaning the garage. But for Amanda Maltais, her imagination begins to spin with different ideas for her next painting.

“I have all these ideas in my head, and it’s so hard for me to pick what to do next,” she said. “Then I wake up the next day and I look at the blank canvas and I know what I want to do.” Continue reading

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Without a face
Visual Art

Without a face

In July of 1997, at the age of 42, Deborah Sloss was found dead in Toronto. Laura Clarke, Sloss’s daughter, heard the news through her mother’s friends, 30 days after the body was found.

“In the police report the first line is, ‘The victim was an aboriginal from northern Ontario, a known crack addict and alcoholic,’” said Clarke, 40, “and her whole police report, if you take out the spaces…is one sheet (of paper).”

Although the Toronto Police wrote the case off as an alcohol and drug overdose incident, Clarke believes her mother was murdered. Many of her questions were not answered, she said, and much of the evidence did not fit. Continue reading

The colour of art
Visual Art

The colour of art

Ilene Sova remembers coming home from school one day, feeling speechless as bullies cornered her on the bus, demanding she explain her features.

“The big thing was my lips,” said Sova, now 38. “‘Why are your lips so big?’ ‘Why are your eyes so big?’ ‘Why is your skin so dark?’ That was the constant bullying. I remember bawling because I thought my face was deformed because my lips were too big.” Continue reading