Sculpting New Reads is the annual installation art program at The Word On The Street Toronto - Canada's biggest book and magazine festival.
Four contemporary artists have been paired with four Canadian new releases with the challenge to create new works inspired by the themes of their books.
Toronto-based Artist, Marian Wihak, has been paired with the book "Closer to Where We Began" by Lisa Richter.
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An award-winning production designer of film and television, with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design, Marian Wihak integrates her design and visual art practices to devise site-responsive, experiential environments.
Employing a wide range of analogue, theatrical, and sculptural-material elements she invites questions amid confusing pleasure, prompting thoughtful reflection upon one’s own state of being in the world and the connectivity inherent within the evolutionary process.
Marian has been supported by the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and was a Finalist in the RBC Painting Competition.
Her work is in private and corporate collections across North America.
Closer to Where We Began by Lisa Richter
This diverse debut collection follows the speaker on a path of self-discovery and navigates the tension between memory and imagination, between the personal and the political, and the primacy of sensual, sensory, lived experience. These dream-like poems not only concern themselves with the speaker, but with urban and natural environments, friends, family, and lovers, past and present. The poet explores overlapping/intersecting identities that shape and inform us, celebrating the importance of telling our stories as a means of bringing us closer to our authentic selves.