May 8, 2022 - September 17, 2022
Opening Reception: May 14, 2022, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
The Reception of the Gratitude Beyond Grief is scheduled for Sunday, May 14, 2022, 3:00-6:00pm
The exhibition brings together two distinct but related bodies of work: The Gold Box Series and The Gratitude Beyond Grief Series.
“With the forced closure of all but essential services, the global pandemic has allowed for the gift of time, if we choose to see it in this regard—time for freedom in remembrance and memory. Although for many of us there have been periods of ‘languishing’ and un-focus, I have also found that the pandemic has bestowed time to ponder all those bits of information that float or have been otherwise compartmentalized throughout my life—little segments that have wedged deeply into the mind, taking up mental space. Although compartmentalizing in the traditional sense suggests a ‘closing off’ of sorts or denial and repression when it comes to trauma, I am referring to it in equal measure—psychologically and literally.
“The Gold Box Series has become a pandemic reflection of sorts...an assorted box of ironic and bittersweet mithai—Indian sweets—I did not know what I was getting until I started work on freeing up mental space to help cope with the greater present global disconnect. Each box represents an embodied, experiential memory or related memories wherein the present inflicts itself on the past and the grief that we carry. I experience them as gifts. Gifts of suffering, gifts of knowing, gifts of mercy. I have come to the realization (and beauty) that there is deep gratitude in this grief.
“Continuing with that trajectory, Gratitude Beyond Grief allows one to move past the grief and into a more grand kind of perspective, where grief, viewed through the lens of gratitude, becomes wisdom. Ravinder Ruprai has an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts from McMaster University. Upon graduating, Ravinder immersed herself in the arts community in Hamilton, including regularly exhibiting her paintings and volunteering on art committees. She worked at the Art Gallery of Hamilton from 1997—1999, broadening her exposure to national artists, public collections and art education. Ravinder returned to painting and art-making after a ten year absence (2003—2013). During this time she devoted herself to raising three children and recovering from an aggressive form of cancer. Ravinder’s art practice is often series based. While working under the larger theme of the mind/body connection, Ravinder has spent the last few years focussing on and moving towards wholeness: mind, body and spirit. She explores various aspects of the mind/body connection throughout her work—trauma and energy medicine, meditation and mental health, memory and remembrance and neuroplasticity. Ravinder is drawn to holistic healing, in a constant search for balance and living consciously.
Ravinder is an abstract painter who works primarily in acrylics on canvas and paper. Her paintings invite the viewer into binary worlds—microscopic, biological and macroscopic, geological and celestial scales— where layers of pattern and texture, drawn from her East Indian heritage, combine with nature, the body and the landscape. Her use of colour is rich, bold and dramatic. Her work post cancer includes the
circle—a symbol of totality and wholeness, of perfection, of sacredness.
Ravinder is a first generation immigrant, born in England and migrating to Canada in 1975. Her parents owned their own textile manufacturing factories in both countries. Her use of pattern and ‘textiles’
echoes this backdrop. Ravinder also uses ‘stitching’ in her paintings, referencing both her childhood environment and also as a recognition of the extreme medical procedures she has undergone.
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