Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba is proud to present their second annual members show Take 2. The 20 artists with disabilities in this exhibition represent 10% of our members. Our membership consists of both artists with disabilities and supporters/stakeholders of the organization. AANM facilitates a network to support artists with disabilities in achieving individual artistic excellence, promotes higher visibility of these artists within all disciplines and advocates for policies and practices intended to make the arts more accessible to all Manitobans.
This year we asked our visual artists to create work with the theme of Take 2. Some artists interpreted the theme as double or repeated images with minor differences which changed the imagery completely. For example, Alice Crawford describes her work as “two images printed from the same two plates; one image had one plate printed upside down. When information is misheard, images are interpreted differently”. By flipping the plate, a whole new image is created during the second printing.
Other artists used the theme of Take 2 as an opportunity to try a new art practice. Margaret Switala states “recently, I have been doing abstract paintings which are a big departure from my surrealism art that I have done in the past”. Miranda Kudajczyk also used this opportunity to try new artforms stating “this allowed me to experiment the textures, the different styles of art and the ink colours”.
Whichever way the theme was interpreted, the meaning of Take 2 was unique for each artist, creating a diverse and thought-provoking exhibition.