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

Contact navawaxman@gmail.com

 

 

Education

 

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

 

2007 - Toronto School of Art

 

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

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Awards\Grants\Fellowship 

 

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

 

 

residency

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

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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 

           Oreamuno

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 

          Carmeli

 

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

 

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

          London

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Publication

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

 

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

Hudson

 

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