Mentorship is a unique form of teaching. In its very best moments, it celebrates commonalities and recognizes that differences are not points of divergence, but opportunities to express mutual curiosity and interest. In short, a mentorship is a true sharing: it is a symbiotic relationship where student and teacher learn from one another, both within a formal structure and beyond. The Survivability II exhibition will showcases the complexity of the artistic relationships that formed within the 2011-12 MAWA Foundation Mentorship Group, and how those relationships continue to influence the artistic processes and development of its members.
Their year-end exhibition, Survivability (2012), curated by Milena Placentile, focused on the collective learning of an important survival skill: the navigation of shadowy spaces, “the transformation of past experience into present knowledge, and the translation of memory into wisdom.” The aim of Survivability II is to broaden that focus by celebrating all the complexities, not just of surviving, but thriving as an artist. In doing so, we hope to create a fruitful context in which the work of the 2011-12 FMP Group can continue to play.
Thirteen artists and mentors are represented:
Yvette Cenerini – digital media
Dayna Danger – photography
Chantal Dupas – painting
Patricia Eschuk – painting
Anne Fallis – ceramics
Cameron Forbes – painting
Annette Henderson – mixed media
Erin Josephson-Laidlaw – painting/ drawing/ print making
Mary Lowe – ceramic sculpture/ painting
Cheryl Orr-Hood – painting
Willow Rector – textiles/ mixed media
Diana Thorneycroft – photography
Diane Whitehouse – painting