Monika Aebischer is a symbolist artist...She creates symbols of universal humanity.

Monika Aebischer leads us through the layers of her awareness with thoughtful intent. Her work draws the viewer in to touch the surface to experience the textures of the hand-made textiles beneath the paint. Fields of colours evoke feelings, and the interaction of their shapes reflect the interaction of our subliminal relationship to them and with each other.

Statement
Textured, layered surfaces speak of the passage of time, transformation and survival. Found textiles, incorporating antique and vintage hand-made needlework, are mounted to wooden panels and painted with acrylic paints and mediums. Metal leaf is applied and colour fields painted on top. Small elements of metal foils are collaged onto the surface. Using hand worked textiles honours the unknown woman who gave a part of her life to create intricate, detailed and often delicate work with her hands. By incorporating these pieces into my mixed media paintings, value is placed back the lives of the unknown woman creator — to link my own work and life to our maternal ancestors.

Born in Switzerland in 1968.  Lives in Toronto, ON.

EDUCATION

1999                       Fines Arts, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) (Honours and Governor General’s Award), Toronto, ON

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2013                       “Bébé à l’épaule” exhibition, Solange Lebel Art Gallery, Drummondville, QC

2011                       Annual VIP, Spring and Fall Exhibitions, Art & Style Gallery, Montreal, QC

                               Solange Lebel Art Gallery,  “Les Impatients”, Drummondville, QC

2006                       “Vessels”, Gallery De Boer, Owen Sound, ON

2005                        Christmas Show, Linda Lando Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2004                        “Fragile Traces”, Magic Door Gallery, Sunderland, ON

                               Newly Elected Members Show, SCA, Toronto, ON

                               Yearly Members Exhibition SCA, Hummingbird Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ON

2003                       “Spring Thaw”, Magic Door Gallery, Sunderland, ON

1999                       Medal Winners – Open House, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON

1998                       “Remembrance”, Ontario College of Arts and Design, Toronto, ON

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008                       “Thoughtful Intent”, Magic Door Gallery, Sunderland, ON

2007                       “Monika Aebischer - New Work”, Towne Square Gallery, Oakville, ON

2006                       “Window of Opportunities”, Petroff Gallery, Toronto, ON

2001                       Studio Show & Sale, Artist’s studio, Toronto, ON

 

JURIED SHOWS

2013                       The Artist Project, Contemporary Art Fair, Toronto, ON

2009                       Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, ON

2008                       Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, ON

2007                       Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, ON

2006                       Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, ON

                               Expo Art Montreal, Montreal, QC

2005                       Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, ON

2004                       Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, ON

                               Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, ON

2003                       One of a Kind Show & Sale, Toronto, ON

                               Home & Style Studio Tour, Toronto, ON

                               Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Show, Toronto, ON

                               Amherstburg Art and Crafts Show, Amherstburg, ON

                               Indoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON

2002                       One of a Kind Show & Sale, Toronto, ON

                               Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Show, Toronto, ON

                               Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, ON

                               Arts in the Park, Windsor, ON

2001                       Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Show, Toronto, ON

                               Beaches Arts and Crafts Show, Toronto, ON

2000                       Junction Art Festival, Toronto, ON

1999                       Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, ON

1998                       Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, ON

 

AWARDS AND MENTIONS

2003                       Elected to Society of Canadian Artists (SCA)

2002                       Best Graduate Booth Design—Uniquely Ontario (Toronto International Gift Fair)

                               New exhibitor scholarship, One of a Kind Show & Sale, Toronto, ON

1999                       Governor General’s Medal—Printmaking (OCAD).

                               Ontario College of Art & Design Medal—Printmaking

  1. Joan Chalmers Scholarship—Printmaking (OCAD)

                               Dr. Eugene A Poggetto Scholarship—Printmaking (OCAD)

                               Intermediate/Advanced Papermaking Award—Handmade Paper (OCAD)

                               Diana Myers Book Award—Bookarts (OCAD)

                               Peacock’s Hardware Prize—Surface Design (OCAD)

                               Dr. Eugene A. Poggetto Award—Printmaking (OCAD)

                               George A. Reid Award—Printmaking (OCAD)

1996                       Advanced Printmaking Award, OCAD Printmaking department—Award for Proficiency in Contemporary         Papermaking

 

COLLECTIONS

Soprema, Head office and research center, Drummondville, QC

Artworks are in private collections in Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Greece, Spain, Germany, and the USA; in corporate collections in Canada.

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

2008                       Fiber Arts Magazine, “Meditations in mixed media”, by Nina Graci, April/May

2007                       Show Cataloque, Towne Square Gallery, “Monika Aebischer – New Work”