Collection: Panya Clark Espinal

Panya Clark Espinal took part in the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency Program in 2018, which resulted in her solo exhibition Material Redistribution

Material Redistribution explored the possibilities of employing powdered brick as pigment in printing ink. Inspired by Jason Logan’s urban foraging in the creation of his Toronto Ink Company pigments, Clark Espinal collected vintage brick fragments from the shores of the Leslie Spit and with the assistance of Printmaker Laine Groeneweg, was able to formulated a print medium. In a simple but labour-intensive process, images were produced by rolling this new media onto geometric aluminum plates, building up colour density with multiple passes through the press. Here, forms that once signalled settlement float in a state of suspension.

Panya Clark Espinal lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1988, receiving the Governor General’s Award for her work in Experimental Art and Sculpture Installation. Solo exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Embassy (Tokyo), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the National Gallery of Canada, Oakville Galleries, and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. She has also exhibited in England, Italy, and Spain. As an active producer of public art commissions, she has created pieces for such prominent organizations as the Toronto Transit Commission, Covenant House, and various community institutions in and around Toronto. Her work is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

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