The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:
“The Recollection Experiment”
by Lisa-Scarlett Cruji
Exhibition Dates: April 3 – 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3-4pm
Through the marriage of original brief narratives and poetry in the form of haiku and tanka, and vintage photographs, Cruji’s collage collection invites viewers to consider both the possible identity of narrator and influence of the ghosts of personal memories—those that are factual, and the ones that speak to us through filters of love, fear, ecstasy and regret.
“The Recollection Experiment” plays with the overall notion of memory and the way it often poses the questions, Whose voice do we hear when we read the words? What’s real and what isn’t?
When asked if she considers herself more of an artist or a writer, Lisa-Scarlett Cruji replies, “I am both, in equal parts.” Realizing that her miniature watercolours increasingly featured text, Cruji gradually discovered that the addition of words could add another dimension to her art—providing a narrator to express even the most complex feelings, while the image communicated in a more subtle, but no less important way.
Cruji studied Expressive Arts at the Haliburton School of the Arts; bookbinding, book arts and printing with the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, and poetry writing at Simon Fraser University. She holds the accreditation of Artist Educator from The Royal Conservatory of Music, Learning through the Arts Division.
Cruji’s work has been exhibited in both solo shows and juried group exhibitions. She has taught mixed media art and book arts, and studied under talented artists such as her artistic heroes Nick Bantock and George A. Walker. As author and illustrator of the book, The ‘How Did You Die?’ Show, Crjui found an opportunity to showcase her fun-loving, somewhat macabre, mixed media/Polaroid image transfer art. An avid reader, progressive rock fan, and mandolin player, Cruji is originally from Kingston, Ontario; she now lives in Vancouver, BC.