Rebecca Anweiler is a visual artist who completed her MFA at Concordia in 2000. Her paintings are in numerous private collections, as well as the public collections of the City of Toronto, the University of Lethbridge, Alberta and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Queen’s University Fine Art (Visual Art) Program. Dealing with issues of representation, Anweiler critically investigates the cultural meanings underlying gender, sexuality and the natural world as constructed through norms produced by education and scientific systems. Her background in biology and education informs these various lines of inquiry. Anweiler has exhibited extensively in Canada and in the US, in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include Passing Through, a solo exhibition at David Kaye Gallery in Toronto and Animal/Séance, a solo exhibition at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre in Kingston.
Artist Statement: I pursued a residency last Summer, Awakening: Earth-based Spirituality and Art, to connect with like-minded nature lovers and seekers who congregated on Toronto Island while it was still significantly submerged from high water. One day into the start, an old friend, Katherine Mulherin, took her life and rocked the art world. This loss shaped my time at the residency as I struggled to hold her memory while navigating my efforts. I was looking to undo some bad habits, and worked to seek and erase what no longer served me while observing what was visible from my studio window; this work evolved from that effort.