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Choreographed Marks (2019)

Curated By Anik Glaude, The Varley Art Gallery of MarkhamChoreographed Marks presents a series of performances for the camera, recorded between 2014-2017. These works represent themes of movement, temporalities, rituals,  and inscriptions of bodily and painted gestures.The works presented in Choreographed Marks demonstrate the various ways Waxman uses the camera to negotiate identity, and bring to light the performative aspects of mark making. In these lens-based works, the body becomes both the brush and the artist that wields it. With an emphasis on process, improvisation, and documentation, the camera records the performative actions as she moves across the space; the body is moving in and out of focus, even barely visible at times. Employing theatrical strategies, Waxman introduces objects into her performances as props, adding layers of meaning and visual cues for the viewer. Waxman uses sequencing, the arrangement of images and marks, as both a presentation strategy and a way to develop a visual narrative and a personal artistic vocabulary. It is within these contrasting forces that the artist explores the possibilities of mark making in relation to cultural contexts and identity.

This project is part of right here\right now, an initiative fostering the work of contemporary artists in the York Region. Special thank you and gratitude to Suzy Lake for her mentorship. Choreographed Marks is Generously supported by the Ontario Art Council.

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