Rebecca Fin Simonetti
Contextually, my work is located in a culture in which hallucinogenic images of beautiful women have an overwhelming presence. I use sound as a metaphor for understanding the effect of these images on perception. Like a song that you find yourself humming along to but can't identify, these images get stuck in our heads. From digital interfaces to billboards, images of dominant femininity have integrated seamlessly into our perspectival reality -- becoming a sort of semiotic white noise. Within this cultural context, I am interested in the psychology of my subjects, specifically around experiences of mental illness, psychedelia, euphoria and trauma. In my paintings, I hope to make visible the tension between personal phenomenology, and the atmospheric 'white noise' of visual culture.
2009. BFA, Ontario College of Art and Design
March 2010. When I go deaf. The Music Gallery. Toronto, Ontario.
Selected group exhibitions
February 2010. The One I Love the Most. Propeller. Toronto, Ontario.
December 2009. Solid Gold. Mercer Union. Toronto, Ontario.
October 2009. Impulse Equation. Switch Contemporary. Toronto, Ontario.
September 2009. Queen West Art Crawl. Comrags. Toronto, Ontario.
August 2009. Dreamers and Screamers. Board of Directors. Toronto, Ontario.
2009. Eric Freideld Award, OCAD
2008. Figure Painting Award, OCAD
2008. Donna MacLean Award, OCAD
2008. Women’s Art Association of Hamilton Scholarship
July 11, 2009. The Toronto Star. Clandestine Creativity in the Ruins. Adrian Morrow.
April 2009. NOW Magazine. Bike to the Future. Fran Schechter. VOL 28 NO 33.