w/ Sondra Meszaros
Sondra Meszaros is a Calgary based artist and educator and has worked as an instructor at the Alberta University of the Arts: School of Visual Arts, (formerly ACAD), for well over a decade. Meszaros’ artwork explores counter-narratives of female sexuality and representation through an expanded practice of collage as a vehicle to slow down images.
In an effort to maintain safety measures and ensure physical distancing, we have been visiting our artists in their studios virtually. Double Insight is a new series which offers a glimpse into the artist studio and workplace; the sacred place where creative life and creative process coexist.
Reworking erotic photographic images from instructional manuals for lighting, drawing, stock erotica and 1950’s nature imagery, Meszaros uncovers dynamics of power and inequality in the history of image-making.
Working with pages ripped from books, Meszaros dismantles, disrupts, and renegotiates original images by remounting, cutting, blocking, tearing, and hinging them together. She addresses the historical influence of women in the arts and their cultural roles – often altering how women are portrayed in historical images, subverting the meaning and value of the subjects.