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Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor and online art fair

TOAF will take place July 12 – 14, 2024.

Kaitlin Mason

Nathan Phillips Square
Booth 81

I graduated from NSCAD University in 2013 with my BFA and currently work out of my home studio. Since 2016, I have been drawing on wood panels with coloured pencils, gradually developing my technique. My interest in drawing fabrics is derived from everyday life and how they serve both function and meaning. Fabrics are in constant motion, they stretch, wrinkle and fade, an inevitable organic quality that matures over time.

My trompe-l’oeil fabric drawings serve as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life and capture the beauty of the little details and the moments in our world. I use coloured pencils to create each of my drawings, gradually building vibrancy and saturation of the colours by adding several layers. The wood panel substrate adds additional organic detail, creating a subtle background to the fabrics; visually pushing the intricate patterns forward.

Each sample of fabric belongs to something larger, something more, something left unknown; they are moments captured, never to be “that” again. Fabric can often evoke a sense of nostalgia, and the idea that time moves forward and nothing stays the same. Humans are constantly changing and evolving, but we often miss the simple things in our fast-paced world, my drawings create moments of reflection among viewers, reminding us that beauty can be found in the everyday mundane as well as the imperfections within our lives.

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