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Parveen Dhatt

Artist member since 2019
Brampton, Ontario

I used to be embarrassed going out with my dad as a child to rummage through other people's trash, further exacerbated by the turban my dad wore and the only brown family on our street. We stuck out like a yellow umbrella on a grey rainy day. The seventies and eighties were the pre-consumer and pre-earth freindly eras, those rifling through bins were an anamoly, or a recent immigrant.

Fast forward to the present, every alternating Wednesday is my favourite day of the week, it's recycle day, when I can look for treasures casually thrown out by neighbours into the blue bins. Over the years, I have allowed my ego to humble and contain itself as I carry these items back to the garage. Each item has an energy, whether it’s conveyed by the texture or colour and possibly had an interesting story to tell as well.

My mixed media collages are created from post consumer ‘waste’, remnants of everyday life; newspapers, food packaging, fast food wrappings, dried shrimp shells, denim, utility bill envelopes, flyers, Amazon boxes, beads, duct tape from older work and discarded fabric. These humble materials are rescued from an inevitable life decaying in landfills. They are partially stripped of their identity and along with detritus collected from the studio floor are layered and glued onto panel and together they construct a unique narrative and become objects of aesthetic value. This work illustrates the material possibilities of what most would consider trash while also maximizing the aesthetic potential of what would otherwise be considered waste objects.

These collages also serve to document, upon completion they become fossils that mine pop culture and act as irreverent critiques of mass consumption. The purpose is contradictory and a paradox, to evoke an emotional response from the viewer, while critiquing fast fashion. My purpose is for people to make empowering connections with the work when they recognize objects of daily use reflected back to them.

As a multi disciplinary and self taught artist, my practice also includes large abstract encaustic paintings and photography. The most important themes conveyed through these mediums are of time, history, culture, identity, hybridity, race, migration and dislocation. There is a clear attempt to remap our understanding of east/west throughout all of my work.

I hope you enjoy my gallery as much as I have loved creating these works! They really have to be seen in person to appreciate the texture and brilliant colours. Safe and socially distanced studio visits are welcome and alternatively artwork can be viewed through Zoom.

It’s worth the drive to Brampton!


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Q+A

Best season of the year in Toronto

Spring, when everything comes alive, back to life.

Describe your home in 3 words

Very bohemian chic

Beverage of choice

coca cola, tons of it... it has to be cold and well carbonated...I am a coke connisseur!

In a previous life I was (a) ...

Monkey, I love trees and climbing them. Or maybe I was a tree and loved having monkeys jumping from branch to branch.

During my breaks, I tend to ...

nap, meditate, garden, decorate and move furniture around in my house...read

What do you listen to when you work?

I have a very eclectic collection, Qi rattan, Snatam Kaur, Taren Kaur, 80's music, rock, pop, and old Bollywood

Upcoming Exhibitions
November, 2019

City Hall, Brampton
Charged Up: 905 Talks Climate, David Sukuzi Foundation

Select Past Exhibitions
2019

Blue Crow Gallery
Summer Group Show

2019

Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

2018

Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

2017

Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

2019

Miami
Artbox Miami 2.0

Education
-1997

Canisius College
Master of Science

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