Daphne Gerou is a Toronto based visual artist. She studied Fine Arts at the Toronto School of Art and Art History at the University of Toronto. Gerou’s local exhibition history includes the Propeller Gallery, AWOL, Spin Gallery and Headbones Gallery. Her work has also appeared in the U.S. at Gallery Aferro, the Turchin Center for the Arts and the A.I.R. Gallery. Gerou has received exhibition grants from the Ontario Arts Council and her work has been published in the literary journals Vallum and Fireweed. In recent years, Gerou’s drawings have appeared in group exhibitions at the John B. Aird Gallery and the Art Gallery of Sudbury.
Artist Statement: My current work examines the collision of rigid architectural angles with the fluid motion of the atmosphere. These opposing subjects are developed with gradual applications of graphite that are repeatedly layered, removed, and reapplied. The resulting atmospheric compositions appear to move unimpeded against and around solid barriers, much like water making its way past an obstacle. Allegorically, this work addresses humanity’s misguided attempt to defy, contain and control its environment. An enduring, often revisited subject, this work falls under the overarching theme of “Sky and Ground”.