Monika Aebischer
MONIKA AEBISCHER

ARTIST STATEMENT

Textured, layered surfaces speak of the passage of time, transformation and survival; a sense of whimsy brings importance to surviving tragic events in life. Personal symbols used in the work are not the familiar emblems of mainstream iconography, but intensely personal, private, obscure and ambiguous references. The imagery depicts interpretation of more than specific cultures - it represents universal human experiences; what makes us human: memory, the body as a corporeal vessel, mark-making, ephemeral, ritual and honoring.
The central images of the work are applied to handmade paper using a reverse batik/encaustic technique I developed. They are then mounted to wooden panels painted with acrylics and mediums. The resin used to finish the work acts as a separator between the viewer and the work, much like how our current society separates itself from each other through the loss of ritual, traditions and a focus on consumerism.

BIOGRAPHY

My art education encompassed a wide variety of media. The larger part of my education in Switzerland was in fiber and needle arts. Since coming to Canada in 1987, I have concentrated on furthering my interdisciplinary arts education with studies through the Toronto Board of Education, through workshops with local and international artists, and as a student at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). I graduated from OCAD as an honors student in 1999 and was awarded both the Governor General's Medal and an Ontario College of Art and Design Medal. During my study, I focused on fiber arts (papermaking, surface design, weaving), book arts and sculpture.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2007 Solo Show, Towne Square Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2007 Toronto Art Expo Toronto, Canada
2006 Gallery De Boer, Owen Sound ON
2006 Expo Art Montreal Montreal, Canada
2006 Toronto Art Expo Toronto, Canada
2006 The Show of Hands Toronto, Canada
2006 Petroff Gallery
2005 Linda Lando Vancouver, Canada
2005 Toronto Art Expo Toronto, Canada
2004 Magic Door Gallery, Sunderland ON
2004 Toronto Art Expo Toronto, Canada
2004 SCA: Newly Helanconian Club, Elected Members Toronto
2003 One of a Kind Toronto, Canada
2003 SCA: Yearly Show Toronto, Canada
2003 One of a Kind Toronto, Canada
2003 SCA: Yearly Show Toronto, Canada
2003 Home & Style Toronto, Canada
2003 Cabbagetown Arts Toronto, Canada
2003 Amherstburg Art Amherstburg, ON
2003 Magic Door Gallery, Sunderland ON
2003 Indoor Art Toronto, Canada
2002 One of a Kind Toronto, Canada
2002 Cabbagetown Arts, Toronto, Canada
2002 Toronto Outdoors, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, Canada
2002 Art in the Park Windsor, ON Canada
2001 Studio Show & Sale, Toronto, Canada
2001 Cabbagetown Arts, Toronto, Canada
2001 Beaches Arts and, Toronto
2000 Junction Art, Toronto, Canada
1999 Toronto Outdoors, Nathan Philips Square Toronto, Canada
1999 Medal Winners, Ontario College of Art Toronto
1998 Remembrance, Ontario Toronto
1998 Toronto Outdoors Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, Canada

AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS
2003 Elected to Society of Canadian Artists (SCA)
2002 Best Graduate Booth Design-Uniquely Ontario (Toronto International Gift Fair)
1999 Governor General's Medal-Printmaking (OCAD).
1999 Ontario College of Art & Design Medal-Printmaking
1999 M. Joan Chalmers Scholarship-Printmaking (OCAD)
1999 Dr. Eugene A Poggetto Scholarship-Printmaking (OCAD)
1999 Intermediate/Advanced Papermaking Award-Handmade Paper (OCAD)
1999 Diana Myers Book Award-Bookarts (OCAD)
1999 Peacock's Hardware Prize-Surface Design (OCAD)
1999 Dr. Eugene A. Poggetto A ward-Printmaking (OCAD
1999 George A. Reid Award-Printmaking (OCAD)
1996 Advanced Printmaking Award, OCAD Proficiency in Contemporary Papermaking

COLLECTIONS
Artworks are in private collections in Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Greece, Spain, Germany, and the USA; in corporate collections in Canada


MISCELLANEOUS

Workshops thought through Meta4 Gallery, Port Perry, ON
Hosted "Playdate" for members of SCA (Society of Canadian Artists)
Demonstration to SCA members at Arts and Letters Club (Topic: Working with Liquid Wax on Paper), (February 2004)
Workshops taught through Studio Six, Markham (Workshops included: Paste Papers; The Zen of Multi Media Collage) (May, October 2003)
Lectured to OCAD Material Arts and Design students, on the topic of preparing thesis body of work (October 200I).