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2016 Thesis Award Show

Forget Me Not
Annunziata Morant
May 2nd- 15th
Reception:Thursday May 12th

 Graven Feather Toronto Art Gallery studio workshops

‘Remember Death’ warns the Latin phrase Memento Mori and so too are we elegantly reminded, by the recent work of artist Annie Morant. In Morant’s delicate and haunting series, we are forced to confront our own mortality through the memorialization of others. Functioning as physical, artistic reminders of our own eventual passing in fitting with the latin theory on the reflection of death, the ghostly victorian figures whisper that for us too, clocks will continue to tick. In these intimate, moving digital prints, acrylic seeps and colourfully trickles down the page (lifelines, tear streams perhaps) instigating discussion of personal histories and the  transience of our lives. These works are as much mirrors for the viewer as they are windows onto lives already lived. Through an extensive and obsessive research process, Morant’s vast archive of Victorian mourning ephemera from the Victorian serves as an entry point for such contemplation and conversations in a contemporary setting. Nudging and prodding, the artist’s lovingly altered memorials remind us to be mindful- our day will also come.

Text by Michael Vickers

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