Szonja Vucsetics is a Hungarian - Canadian artist based in Toronto, working primarily in oil paint and mixed media on paper. She graduated in drawing and painting from OCAD University in 2007 and has lived and worked in Hungary, Jamaica and Canada.
Fascinated from early childhood by the expressive voice of colour in nature and visual imagery, Vucsetics looked to expressionism and storybook illustrations to relate her work through her early years as an artist. Using art as a therapy through life experiences, traumas and journeys, her work continuously developed as a visual journal telling the story of lived and subconscious experiences.
Her illustrative works speak the visual language of stories and dreams, playfully blurring the boundaries between reality and imagination, impression and expression, representation and abstraction.
Through material explorations with brushwork and colour, her work often focuses on our relationship to land as the place that holds our stories.
Recently, Vucsetics has been working on narrative depictions of nature and landscape as an allegory for the human conditions of death, rebirth, joy and suffering.
(Found on Highland Street outside of Rexall)
“A Flower '' is part of an ongoing series of work titled “Container Garden in Tkaronto”. This series uses the image of plants metaphorically to describe human struggles, emotions and mechanisms. Contemplating land and soil as the place that holds our stories of survival within a natural cycle of impermanence through life and death, it reflects on notions of displacement, relocation, settlement and coexistence. Like potted plants which are uprooted, contained, isolated and replanted elsewhere, I reflect on a childhood journey of emmigration and loneliness.
The sculpture is carved out of a single elm log, standing on a concrete pedestal.