Four Stories, Katrina Pruss, Erin Rei, Cecilia Tiburzio, Rob Popiolek
Four Toronto based artists explore concepts of narrative and personality. Through a blend of realism and surrealism they create and explore dreamlike worlds, and the characters that inhabit them. Rob Popiolek’s visceral landscapes skew the natural order and intertwine the organic with the intangible. Katrina Pruss searches for meaning within the realm of narrative. Erin Rei, inspired by dream and myth, creates characters from other worlds while reflecting on this one. Cecilia Tiburzio explores the development of the personality and the role of crisis in the creative process.
Katrina Pruss graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 2009 where she studied Visual Arts and English. Working with inks and pen on paper, Katrina Pruss creates highly detailed drawings that require intimate observation with the aim of coaxing viewers into close quarters with uncomfortable subject matter. On the lookout for meaning and attracted to narrative structures, she explores themes of anxiety, the experience of “self”, and sexuality. www.katparts.com
Erin Rei received her B.Des. from Ocad. Erin is a Toronto based artist and illustrator. Lately her preferred tools are watercolour, marker and graphite. Erin draws her inspiration from folk art, old stories and other worlds, enjoying the dreamlike tension between realism and surrealism. http://www.erinrei.com/
Cecilia Tiburzio earned her B.A. in 2008 at the University of Toronto, where she studied Visual Arts, Psychology, and Paradigms & Archetypes. Cecilia's work focuses on the development of the personality and the role of crisis in the creative process. Her prints and drawings are composed of layers of images which never entirely hide their previous states. Thus the finished piece reveals the process of its own creation. http://www.ceciliatiburzio.com/
Rob Popiolek studied at the University of Windsor where he majored in Visuals Arts. He went on to Sheridan where he studied Media. Rob creates highly textured ink based and mixed media works. He explores themes of narrative, modes of communication, and the tension between urban and human geographies. He is on the search for a modern mythology. paradingviolence.tumblr.com/