Tonya Corkey

Tonya Corkey, a recent graduate of OCAD University’s drawing and painting BFA program. She is a Toronto-based artist whose work reflects contemporary approach, while working within the traditions of representational drawing and painting practices.

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About Tonya Corkey

Artist Statement:
Being within the discourse of painting, craft and photography, my work investigates an unavoidable aspect of human nature, the desire to seek memories.  The series, “See You In the Future.” investigates the role that the photograph’s referent plays in memory and its loss over time.

My work hybridizes the discarded material of lint with the second hand image – the iconic school photograph – to conceptualize my interests. Materiality conceptually layers the work. As a byproduct of society, lint consists of fibers, hair, dead skin and other debris, and thus directly referencing people and their daily activity. Lint and cast off photographs are both discarded materials – materials that reflect the idea of a decaying memory. Our desire for memory in absence is triggered by sensations of smell and touch, a trait of my work. The void spaces of raw canvas in works such as, “Unknown #1” are intended to reflect memory, described through the standing out of key features: the eyes, mouth and hair. The viewer’s mind fills in these void spaces in the same way a photograph would.

Press:
Off The Map Zine – Artist Profile
2013 Winners for Juried Art Salon