Skin, 2016

Our skin is a barrier, a shell, it is what protects us from the world around us while it allows us to breathe and take in what we need to live.

Moths appear to be all skin – folded wings that merge with a wall or a flat surface to rest and take off in flight with the blink of an eye.

The skin of a carved surface starts talking about the beauty of slight imperfections and the way a fold comes into being from a flat surface. In the scale of the palm of our hand a thin stone surface, richly veined, shows the subtle disguise of blood flowing and tears rolling and sunshine kissing. Have you every had a moth sit very still on your hand? A fragile wonder of camouflage, folding up to merge with your skin before it flutters away, looking for the brightest spot in a dark and starry night…


Vanessa Paschakarnis


... as published in the book "Out of the Bush Garden", curated by Francesca Valente for Imago Mundi.

New Venue 2018 in Canada:

                         Join OCAD University

                    for a private reception and tour

to celebrate the opening of Imago Mundi – Great and North

     at Onsite Gallery, the only venue in Canada


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

5 to 6:30 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street W.


This comprehensive exhibition features works by 760 artists from across Canada, including Inuit and Indigenous artists from Turtle Island


Installation designed by architect Tobia Scarpa

Documentary video by Laurie Kwasnik


Francesca Valente, Lead Curator of the exhibition, has selected artists from Central and Eastern Canada working in several disciplines: painting, sculpture, architecture, design, cinema, music and literature. Among the featured artists are: Rebecca Belmore, Edward Burtynsky, Douglas Cardinal, Jack Diamond, Robert Houle, Moshe Safdie, Andrew Jones, Mary Pratt, Michael Snow, Margaret Atwood.


Jennifer Karch Verze’ curated contemporary Western Canadian, Inuit, and Indigenous artists from Canada and the United States. 

Blue Moon, 2010 was exhibited at Sculpture Today: New Forces, New Forms; 2011/2012 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Vanessa with her "Bestia Romana", 2009
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