- Nathan Phillips Square
Ksenia Danilova is a mixed-media artist living and working in Toronto. She’s currently studying at OCAD University, Majoring in Drawing and Painting with a minor in Expanded Animation. She works primarily with watercolour and gouache on wood and found materials.
Ksenia Danilova’s work is an explorative response to environmental concerns and the impending climate crisis. The works were inspired by research done about current issues and potential future impacts. In her monochromatic cityscape paintings of familiar locations around Toronto, she envisions a post-apocalyptic world where plants have reclaimed the city. Each work in her series After the Event features a haunting figure observing from the background, representing the personification of nature as she rediscovers a world without humans. She uses gouache and watercolour on wood to create an ethereal, hazy green atmosphere, reflecting the calm and serenity of nature but also echoing the toxicity caused by human overconsumption. The use of wood creates a stronger relationship between the subject matter and the surface.