For over 35 years Sandra Meigs has created vivid, immersive, and enigmatic paintings that combine complex narratives with comic elements. She derives the content of her work from her own personal experiences, and develops these to create visual metaphors related to the psyche. Through her work, Meigs wants the viewer to feel richly engaged, jubilant, and most of all, transported to an imaginary universe. Meigs is dedicated to painting and to the possibilities of enchantment that painting presents through colour and form. She believes that the very authenticity of one’s experience offers proof that what is imagined when looking at a painting is as real as anything else that one experiences in the world.
Room for Mystics is an immersive environment created especially for this exhibition by Sandra Meigs in collaboration with distinguished contemporary composer Christopher Butterfield. It comprises paintings, a wall treatment, a sculptural mobile and a sound installation that together create a unique experience for the viewer. Scheduled live musical performances by the Vox Aeris brass trio will energize the installation at 11:30 a.m. from Tuesday to Saturday every week during the exhibition and additional evening performances will take place on November 15 at 6:30 pm, December 15 at 7 pm and January 12 at 7 pm.
Sandra Meigs: Room for Mystics (with Christopher Butterfield) is part of the Iskowitz Prize exhibition series at the AGO. Since 2007, the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation and the AGO have joined forces in raising awareness of the visual arts in Canada with the renaming of the annual award established twenty years prior by Canadian painter Gershon Iskowitz (1921-1988).
The exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and is curated by the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Adelina Vlas.