January 20 - March 30, 2020
"My practice begins with books, and a fixation with thrift stores and libraries. Both I would consider incredible archives and museums of knowledge and culture. My focus is on analog ways of making, using xerox material culled from books found in thrift stores and reference libraries to create collaged compositions. From there, I make screenprinted posters, prints, wallpaper, installations, books, printed textiles and other multiples." — Alicia Nauta
Inspired by Illusions: The Art of Magic, on display from February 22 - May 28, 2020, Alicia will create an immersive, interactive artist installation in Walker Court for March Break (March 14 - 22, 2020).
“I am invested in world building. Possible worlds, impossible worlds, past, present and future worlds. The first way to change the world as it exists is to imagine something different.”
— Alicia Nauta
Alicia Nauta is a Toronto based artist. She makes screenprinted posters, prints, wallpaper, installations, books, printed textiles and other multiples. Her focus is on analog ways of making, using xerox material culled from older publications found in thrift stores and reference libraries to create collaged compositions. The natural vs. manufactured world are often in tension with each other in her work; spaces are inhabited by plants and strange, shifting perspectives, suggesting possibility found in the uncertain and unwritten future. The compositions reflect on the dualities and exchanges present in all forms of human and natural life: with light, there is darkness; with progress, there is a decline. Much of her work serves as speculative windows into past, present and future realities. She is interested in multiples, created through various print methods, for their democratic and accessible qualities. Her work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Ferry Terminal Docks, Gallery 44, Art Metropole, Burnaby Public Library (BC), Printed Matter (US) and Koganecho Art Centre (JP). She teaches screenprinting and other DIY workshops at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the AGO Youth Free After Three program.