Mina Totino Weather Events
Departing from an extensive study on the body as terrain of desire and signification, I observed that landscape as a body of knowledge and genre of painting had relational aspects to my previous work that were relevant. The genre of landscape painting has contributed to the production of meaning and memory. It has cultivated in its history: predicaments of nostalgia and bourgeois melancholy; concepts of “place” producing cultural and national identities; enshrouded ideology in trees, grass and mountains. Bucolic meadows and urban pastoral can all be examined for clues on who owns the view, what property presumes, where the privileged are positioned, etc. The question of what to do next effected a looking back over parts of painterly history to bring into the present and to my work a critique and development of this study. The paintings in the exhibition are all new works from 2002. – Mina Totino
Since graduating from Emily Carr Institute in 1982, Mina Totino has worked in Vancouver, becoming a part of its cultural milieu. She has contributed to the changing role of painting by challenging the medium’s traditions and values, critiquing its genres, making sense of its presence and adding to developments in representation in general.