Maria Saracino is a Canadian artist who creates figurative sculptures in polymer clay. Realistic yet whimsical, her work is about triggering a memory – a feeling – they stir something familiar for the audience. Her influences include Joe Fafard and Ron Mueck, but her biggest influence is Norman Rockwell. “Through sculpture I often channel his illustrative style of capturing candid moments in time.”
Various shades of white occupy focal space in Rachel Ovadia’s paintings these days. The white reflects the pure state of consciousness this painter meditatively enters into to paint from an inner voice. “My sole responsibility is to create art that imparts the purity of my thoughts, feelings and sincerity,” Ovadia says.