Artist member since 2019
Gillian Toliver is a multidisciplinary artist currently working and living in Toronto. Recently graduating from OCAD University for Drawing and Painting, Toliver’s thesis work Paper Skin Makes Me, Waver in The Breeze was awarded the Drawing and Painting Medal for 2019. Her works explores the complexity of self consumption and comfort through the weaving of hair. As an artist of mixed Scottish and Caribbean decent, Toliver’s work explores spaces caught in the in-between, using the act of creation as a method to connect to gender, body and culture while reclaiming previously censored physical and mental environments.
Working in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting and sculpture, Toliver uses mixed media as a method of acknowledging the multiplicity and fluidity of being.
Describe your home in 3 words
big fat orange
In a previous life I was (a) ...
Definitely a tiny bug or a bird. Something that either burrows and nestles into the earth endlessly, or that soars over it taking everything in at once. I often find myself desperately trying to get back to those sensations
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When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...
Reading. Even while creating art I am often listening to audio books. I'd like to say these books are expanding my knowledge and feeding my craft but often they are deep dives into sci-fi and fantasy worlds....
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