In my research and creative work, I explore the transitory nature of gestures and their manifolded implications. Working across the disciplines of visual art, dance, and time-based media, my approach aims to expand my awareness of gestures within the complex of artistic, cultural, philosophical and personal registers. Gesture denotes a kind of inscription, a tracing or marking in space and time. Beginning from examining my own body, I consider it both as a creative agent and an archival depository. By that, I establish my body with the role of a carrier, one that is inscribed with unique, complicated histories that can be creatively elucidated through non-verbal performative means. My methods emphasize process, performative gesture and documentation. I experiment with various conceptual, choreographic and performance recording techniques that combine dance, objects, painting, and space that are mediated through various digital apparatuses. Through these materialities and performative strategies, I explore themes of movement, temporalities and embodied experiences. With an attention to the articulation of gestures, I investigate how gestural inscriptions migrate and transition while seeking to study their marginality, (im)materiality and (in)visibility as they cross boundaries of media, bodies, time and space. Poetically and critically, I consider the interrelations between performative action and inscription, and I address the emergence of the body as an archival site through which the very essence of gesture passes.


Nava Waxman






2018 - MFA in Visual Arts, York University, Toronto, Canada


2007 - Toronto School of Art


1999 - BA  Social Sciences & Communication - OPEN University, Tel-Aviv




2020 - Thesis nomination, Graduate program, York University Visual Arts & Art History

2019 Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's SSHRC


​2019 - CIBC Graduate Research Grant nomination 


2018 Ontario Art Council - Exhibition Assistance Grant

2017 Ontario Art Council - Exhibition Assistance Grant

2016 Canada Council for the Arts - Travel Grant Recipient




2019 - The Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence, Toronto 


Selected Solo exhibition


2020  Nava Waxman: Variations on Broken Lines, Gales Gallery, York University

2019  Nava Waxman: Choreographed Marks, The Varley Art Gallery of Markham


2018  Nava Waxman: Polyphonies, Sheldon Rose Gallery, Toronto

2016  Nava Waxman: Untitled wall, WallSpace Gallery, Ottawa


2015  Nava Waxman: Traces - JulieM Gallery, Toronto


2014  Nava Waxman: In between Rituals - WallSpace Gallery, Ottawa Canada


2013  Nava Waxman: Personifications - JulieM Gallery, Toronto, Canada Catalogue

2009  Reveries, Encaustic works,  Engine Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Inscriptions, Work on Paper,  Pennello Gallery, Cleveland


2008  Daily Habit, The Blue Dot Gallery, Toronto





selected Group Exhibition


2020 WayMark, The MFA\PhD 2Yrs Group Exhibition, The Varley Art Gallery of Markham 

2019  Between States - Special Project Gallery, York University


2017  Space Within, CONTACT Photography Festival, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto


2015  Migratory Cyclical, JulieM Gallery, Toronto


2012  Contemporary Women Artists XVI – Women’s Caucus for Art, St. Louis, USA


2011  Anong Beam & Nava Waxman: Connections Within Context, Earl Court Gallery, Hamilton.


         Consequential Fusion: Message In Wax - Art Centre Morro Bay, CA


         Diary Pieces,The Art House, Wakefield, England


         Leave Light On - Hovinkartano Art Centre for the Arts, Hauho, Finland


2007  The Legacy of the Circle -McKay Art Centre, Markham Canada




Teaching experience

2019 Teaching Assistant, York University, Toronto (Photography)

2019 Teaching Assistant, York University, Toronto (History Of Design)


Artistic Residency 


2020 - ​The laboratory for artistic intelligence, Toronto


2020 - Saagajiwe - The Creative Native Project, The Centre for Indigenous Research Creation



Research Presentation


2020  PRACTICE / PRATIQUE  The 14th Annual Concordia University Art History Graduate Student's    

          Association (AHGSA) Graduate Symposium, Montreal.  AHGSA Concordia University

2020  Hindsight 20/20: Context & Meaning XIX  , The Graduate Visual Culture Association 19th 

         annual graduate conference, Queen’s University


Collaborative projects


2019 - Variations on Blue Gestures, Nava Waxman, Cinzia Cavalieri, Mahsa Alikhani, Sebastian 


2018  Knowing River - Body Notes , Sheldon Rose Gallery, Ronley Teper, Lo Bil, Nava Waxman

2017  Three strings - Interventions, Alfred Institute, Tel-Aviv Uri Levinson, Adaya Godlevesky and Shlomit 



2016  Transitions, Adaya Godlevsky - Petach-Tikva Museum of art, Israel


          Elements Of Chance - Interventions, Draw To Perform Symposium, CrowsNest Gallery 2016, 



2016  Möbius, Draw to Perform, OCAD University, Toronto.


          At your Sonic, Sound to Visual, Tomoki Takeuchi & Paris zhang & Nava Waxman, Toronto






Waymark: MFA Visual Art Digital Publication, York University, 2020


Gateways to Drawing by Stephen Gardner.  Nava Waxman: Elements Of Chance , 2018 Thames & 



Untitled Wall, Nava Waxman, 2016


​Traces: Poems to Paintings By James Wagner and Nava Waxman, Ceratonia Siliqua Press, 2015


Black With Sin, Calmly with Virtue, By Seth Apter, North light books, 2011