Marie de Sousa
Marie de Sousa is an artist whose labor intensive works explore themes related to the passing of time, fragility, and loss. Her diverse practice spans painting, video, photography and sculpture. Through the use of pattern, repetition, movement and a systematic documentation of natural phenomena de Sousa explores aspects of our experience of time. Her approach is process driven, and in the newest sculptures she reanimates materials that have intimate associations to the body such as hair and clothing to examine the impact of loss and how we mourn. The work draws on the power that ordinary materials can have to evoke memories, and bring us to another place and time. de Sousa’s work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States in venues such as Mercer Union, Toronto; ISpace Gallery, Chicago; Katherine Mulherin Gallery, Toronto; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo; The Belgo Arts Center, Montreal; and the Harbourfront Center, Toronto; She was a member of the Red Head Gallery and participated in many artist generated initiatives. Other activities include participation in In/Beyond Western New York, and an artist residency in Pouch Cove, St. John’s Newfoundland. She has been the recipient of many grants and was educated at the Ontario College of Art (OCAD), and Concordia University in Montreal.