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  • Messages/Passages, photography 2023, Maureen O'Connor
  • Messages/Passages, photography 2023, Maureen O'Connor

Connextions: Messages/Passages by Maureen O'Connor

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Digital & new media Photography Sculpture & installation Self-guided Visual arts
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Date and time

This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.

Location

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre

1051 Glenashton Drive

Oakville, ON

Access

Free.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.

About

Nine photo based window murals celebrate community. Building on the success of previous years, the Town of Oakville has once again taken the initiative to invite a fresh cohort of artists to showcase their photographic murals in neighbourhood community and cultural centres. This year's theme of "Connextions" resonates with the current times, as it urges us to reconnect and strengthen our community bonds.

Maureen O’Connor is a graduate of Sheridan College from the Applied Photography Program and a graduate of OCAD in Toronto. Maureen is a lifelong animal lover and these photographs are produced with the cooperation of local sanctuaries.

The artist offers about her work:

Many of the animals in these images are rescues from fur farms and others are non-releasable wildlife. They were brought to the chosen location to be photographed. Several of the locations are homes in Toronto pre-redevelopment but this gyrfalcon was photographed onsite in Hamilton.

By photographing Canadian animals in abandoned and crumbling domestic architecture, I raise questions about how nature and the built environment intersect. I see these spaces as transformative, evoking memory and showing the beauty and fragility of the animals and the architecture. While the juxtaposition may appear odd, my images convey a sense of calm, and have a fairy tale like quality. We are invited to cross the threshold and imagine new narratives where the natural world and the domestic world meet, and consider how this informs our identity in a country defined by both its wild landscape and its orderly cities.

My work is photographed with traditional medium format film and my photographs are printed on Chromogenic Paper, traditional darkroom emulsion- based paper.

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Town of Oakville

The Town of Oakville is located on Treaty 14 and 22 lands, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee. Oakville is home to many different First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. A vibrant and impressive community within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Town of Oakville is a beautiful lakeside town with a strong heritage, preserved and celebrated by residents and visitors alike. Since the 1800s, it has become one of the most coveted areas to live and work in Ontario with 225,000 residents calling Oakville home. The town offers all the advantages of a well-serviced urban centre with first-rate facilities and amenities, while also maintaining its small-town feel.

This event is part of a hub:

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre/North Hub

Town of Oakville Oakville, ON

A complete fitness, recreation and cultural facility that will feature activities in the various activity rooms, library, and pool. A dynamic and busy centre located in Oakville's north east community.