Mad Room

September 23 – December 3, 2016
Opening September 22, 7 – 9 PM, Artist Talk September 27, 5:30 – 7 PM

Mad Room is an exhibition on the theme of mental health to raise awareness, open conversation, and promote effective coping strategies and self-care through art. It features images and installations that symbolize institutionalization, forced medication, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and the stigmas that come with depression.

About the artist:
Gloria Swain is a multidisciplinary artist (painting, photography, poetry, installations) whose work stimulates an understanding of mental illness. She is currently completing her Masters in Environmental Studies.
Gloria holds a Certificate in Community Arts Practice and is a recipient of the York University Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Award. Her work has shown at the Toronto Gladstone Hotel and various other venues. She is recipient of the Canadian International Black Women’s 100 Black Women to Watch.

Gloria’s practice includes work as a community arts facilitator and she coordinates art making spaces. Using art to explore mental health and (intergenerational) trauma, her art is an opportunity to share her own stories of mental health and create dialogue to remove the stigma. As a Black woman artist, she recognizes the lack of economic resources for marginalized people living with mental health issues and hopes to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Visit Gloria Swain’s website for more information.

Facebook event here.

An abstract painting  by Gloria Swain. The painting consists of square brush strokes in tones of red

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