Photo of Antonietta Grassi.

Biography

Antonietta Grassi’s paintings and works on paper have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in Canada, the United States, and in Europe, including Muséé National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec; Museo Civico di Molise in Casacalende, Italy; Kunstwerk Calshutte in Budelsdorf, Germany; the Boston Center for the Arts, Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester; Trestle Gallery and Crossing Art in New York; Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio; the Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles; the McClure Gallery , Lilian Rodriguez and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery in Montreal, Newzones in Calgary, and Leo Kamen, Artcore and John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. In addition, her work is in public, corporate, and private collections, including the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), the Archives of Ontario, Museo Civico Di Molise, the Boston Public Library, and Yamana Gold in Toronto, Canada. Grassi’s work was selected for two public art projects in Canada sponsored by Le Museé au Ciel Ouvert in St. Lambert and Showfrette in Beloeil, Quebec.

She is the recipient of awards and honours, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec, her most recent  being a   Canada Council Project Grant in Visual Arts in 2017.

 

Artist Statement

Within a short time frame I lost both of my parents and was confronted with the task of emptying my childhood home of its possessions. The psychological and physical impact of facing this process led me to explore fragments of deconstructed and nonsensical space through shifting and shaky planes, and skewed geometric shapes. What was once a home was transformed into an unrecognizable, disembodied ghostly shell filled with a flurry of emotions, symbolizing acts of removing, dismantling, discarding, detaching, remembering, and forgetting. My work reflects how emotional and psychological traumas of the past produce fleeting blueprints for structuring the present, and how delicate stability is attained through the solidity of color, shape and light.

Antonietta Grassi