Wendy Nichol is a recent graduate from the Drawing & Painting program with a minor in Material Art & Design at OCADU. She is an emerging artist based in Toronto. Her work encompasses textile surface design and ceramic sculptures influenced by teeth.
Teeth appear subtle and decorative when depicted within repeating patterns; the symbolism of the tooth is nearly unrecognizable as a textile print. When the tooth is repeated in the form of a pattern, a connection between the experienced symbol and multiple images become softened through the effect of soft textiles. The teeth patterns take on a visual language of decorative ornamentation that strays from the acute symbolic experience, and offers a new interpretation of the tooth.
The teeth textile patterns have been digitally printed onto fabric in two variations, one being dye-sublimation printing and the other reactive ink printing, yielding unique results. Digitally printing on fabric offers a tactile approach to exploring a notion that teeth are symbols representing a shared human experience and can evoke memories of physical objects with patterned images.
Co-Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell Hard Twist 9 Fibre Optics – Textiles in the Digital Age plugs into the juncture where textile connects with computer technology and exposes how the digital touches cloth. On view August 28 to December 28, 2014 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Hotel.