Maria Flawia Litwin
Maria Flawia Litwin is a visual artist who grew up in both Poland and Australia, straddling the Iron Curtain. She has spent the last 18 years living and working in Toronto. Encounters with communist and consumer ideologies within social and educational structures have made Litwin sensitive to the fluid and shifting nature of belief systems. She is particularly concerned with the way changes in ideology manifest themselves in her figurative and literal environment. Marxism, feminism and humour have greatly impacted her art production. Although trained as a sculptor, Litwin’s work is not medium-specific and takes the form of textiles, data collecting, performance, acting, video, photography, and fiction writing.
Litwin holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design and a Master’s degree from York University in Toronto. She has been featured in the Globe & Mail, Kapsula, and Poor but Sexy magazine, and most recently Litwin’s photography won third runner up in the Optic Nerve competition for Blackflash Magazine. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre four times and has exhibited in group shows at York University, UQAM, Glendon College, Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Gallery 1313, Loop Gallery, Orillia Museum of Art & History, and Modern Fuel in Kingston, Ontario.
EXHIBITION: The Lowest ReliefAugust 21, 2015 - September 17, 2015
The Lowest Relief is an intimate solo exhibition of art by Maria Flawia Litwin, curated by Katherine Dennis. In this new body of work, Litwin uses wycinanki (pronounced vih-chee-nahn-kee), a Polish paper cutting tradition, to weave stories layered with personal memories, social history, symbolism and mythology. Each work stems from a significant autobiographical detail in the artist’s life. Yet the illustrations are stripped of overt personal narrative.Find out more