The two series: "Canada Day" and "Marksmanship" propose captive moments, bizarre outcomes and a possible place without people where unmodern desires begin to be sorted out one coveted object after another.
I work with corporeal metaphors
and explicit enactions of subjective experience in order to voice the "extra-discursive": those lived moments that are silent in discourse. My work describes the instant of relating and empathetic consequence inherent to placing ourselves within
the picture. As an artist, I see the represented body as a site of complex social negotiations, assumptions, and exchanges of power.
I am interested in that fleshy body that lifts, falls, hovers and searches for its own likeness, a
figuration that wants to find similarity within an image made of marks and dust. The transient form that is at once animal, magical, fantastical and ordinary. These bodies share histories of objectification, exploitation, and
colonization. Human/ animal recognition is relating born of touch. To touch is to make oneself recognizable in turn.
Theresa Sapergia’s painterly drawings and drawerly paintings are based in a material exploration of figuration and a questioning of the historical tropes of representation. Her work uses sentimentality, sincerity and humour to call into question contemporary art’s current relationship with irony and distancing. |
Sapergia has exhibited across North America. She lives in British Columbia where she is currently an instructor at Emily Carr Institute and a Tattoo Artist/Proprietor at Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo.
2005 MFA Concordia University |
2001 BFA Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC
2009 Pending, Cerasoli Gallery. Culver City, California. |
2009 I Like Canada and Canada Likes Me, Two Rivers Gallery Prince George, B.C.
2009 Songs to Sing to Yourself, Valemount, B.C. Mackenzie, B.C. McBride, B.C.
2009 Canada Day, The Parisian Laundry. Montreal, QC
2008 A Thousand Natural Shocks, Cerasoli Gallery. Culver City, California.
2008 In the Place I am Thinking Of, A.I.R. Gallery. New York, NY
2007 Your Weakness Appeals to My Weakness, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects. Toronto
2007 In the Place I am Thinking Of, The Parisian Laundry. Montreal, QC
2007 Message to Pretty, The Jason Downie Gallery. Montreal, QC
2006 Marksmanship (artist’s project in conjunction with “Pictures of Girls” group exhibition), Katharine
Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects. Toronto
2006 Feminist Stuntdouble (artist’s project in conjunction with “Decalage” group exhibition), The Parisian
Laundry. Montreal, QC
2005 A Minus, Bourget Gallery. Montreal, QC
2004 Sentimental Immensity, Bourget Gallery. Montreal, QC
2003 Reasons to Say No to History (In Order of Importance), Studio Blue. Vancouver, B.C.
2009 Drawn Festival, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver |
2008 Splash, Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City, California.
2008 Launch, Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City, California.
2008 Pulse, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, B.C.
2008 Generations, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
2008 Captive Visions: Canadian Contemporary Art, Eli Klein, New York
2007 7th Biennial Exhibition, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
2007 Other Moments: New Sculpture, Photography and Art on Paper, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
2007 Best of 2006: Award Winners from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, First Canadian Place
2006 Beyond Feminism: Women Artists Working in Female Iconography, Parisian Laundry, Montreal
2006 Body Notes, Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal
2006 Summertime in Paris, Parisian Laundry, Montreal
2006 Making it Big, The Jason Downie Gallery
2005 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2005 Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
2004 Dare Dare Depot, Dare Dare, Montreal
2004 Paint! Bourget Gallery, Montreal
2003 by a measure of magnitude, (Two Person Show) VAV Gallery, Montreal
2003 Salon Dollop, rad’a Gallery, Montreal
2002 Jewish Community Centre of Great Vancouver Annual Gala Auction, Jewish Community Centre of
2001 SHE7 (She to the Seventh Power), Concourse Gallery, Vancouver
2001 11 Painters, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
|Commissions & Public Acquisitions|
When and if You Go, Eagles in the City, Prince George, B.C. |
In the Place I am Thinking of (Untitled Wolf Pack), The Aldo Group Montreal
Marksmanship (Untitled Wolf Pack), Philip Andrew Hazen Architects and Designers, Montreal
Three works from the exhibition: sentimental immensity, Concordia University, Montreal
The Softness of the Weave and the Wetness of the Paint, Lidstone, Young, Anderson, Barristers and
Theresa Sapergia, by James D. Campbell, Border Crossings Issue #110 |
Montreal Mirror cover and article by Sacha Jackson, January 2009
Theresa Sapergia,DailyServing.com, July 2008
Shapes and She-Wolves, Montreal Mirror, Mar 29-Apr 4, 2007
Au-dela du feminisime, Le Devoir, November 11, 2006
Women do Laundry, Montreal Mirror, August 4, 2006
Tous pour la Peiture, La Presse Montreal, August 4, 2006
Toro Magazine, November 2005
effloressence,Surfacing Magazine, Vol.26 Summer 2005
Adbusters Magazine, Vol.9,No.1, Jan/Feb 2001
Adbusters Magazine, No.34, March/April 2001
2006 Drawing Award (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition) |
2004 Mills Purchase Prize
Sept 2008- present Instructor, Emily Carr Institute |
May 2007- present Tattoo Artist/Proprietor, Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo, Prince George, BC
Sept 2004- May 2007 Instructor,Concordia University, Montreal
Sept 2002- April 2005 Tutorial Instructor and/or Teacher’s Assistant, Concordia University. Montreal
July 2004 Painting Re-creation, “A Separate Reality: Norval Morriseau” CBC/ Perceptions Films
April 2003 Installation Assistant (“Linda M. Montano: 14 Years of Living Art”) Saidye Bronfman Centre for
the Arts. Montreal
April 2001 Curator “SHE7 (She to the Seventh Power)” Concourse Gallery, Vancouver
Feb-June 2001 Guest Artist (“Komar and Melamid: Canada’s Most Wanted and Unwanted Paintings”)
Vancouver Art Gallery.
June-Sept 1999 Artist in Residence (“Face to Face: Four Centuries of Portraiture”) Vancouver Art Gallery