In the Bedroom

Erika DeFreitas, In the Bedroom No. 1, 71 x 56 cm digital photograph, 2007

In the Bedroom

Friday, June 5, 2009 to Saturday, July 4, 2009
Opening Reception:
June 5,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

I investigated the dynamics of a mother/daughter relationship through particular actions that challenge notions of absence and presence. I asked my mother to crochet a large cozy made to encapsulate my entire body. The technique of crocheting was chosen because it represents a skill that has been passed down through generations of women on the matriarchal side of my family. While in the domestic space of my mother’s home, I became something of comfort for her.

Artist Biography: 

Erika DeFreitas is a Toronto-based emerging conceptual artist.  She explores the influence of language, loss and culture on the formation of identity through performance, public interventions, relational exchanges, photographic documentation and textile-based works. DeFreitas is a graduate of the Masters of Visual Studies Program at the University of Toronto and has exhibited projects in artist-run centres in Canada. Recent and upcoming exhibition sites include The Art Gallery of Mississauga, Centre [3] for Print and Media Arts, Pollock Gallery at the Southern Methodist University in Texas, Gallery TPW, A Space Gallery, Propeller Centre for Visual Arts in Toronto, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, performances with the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, and a residency at Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) in Winnipeg.