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ARTIST STATEMENT

Odia Reimer uses repetition in form to emphasize the repetitive nature of the universal longing. She believes that this haunting distress of nothingness manifests itself in the symbols of the mundane ordinary events of life. Often unnoticed and unknown to everyone else, these images, which by their very nature are private and un-noteworthy, are playing out again and again in daily life wearing the spirit thin. Her art brings to life these moments with hopes that an artistic representation of this stream of repetitive images will validate the tyranny of the symbols of routine, the constant reminder of longings unfulfilled.

Over and over we experience very personal and private events that are outside our control, of which within their very nature make it hard to express to the world outside ourselves. Every time they happen we are reminded of disappointments, longings, hurts, and inadequacies that solidify the feeling that we often do not have what we long for most.

Through form, texture, and scale I compulsively explores these repetitive occurrences. The goal and purpose is to have a physical representation that solidifies the magnitude of these private moments, with hopes that the accumulation will validate these repeated experiences.

 


 

Exhibitions:

2016   Group Exhibition “Art & Love Collide” POP-UP Gallery, Winnipeg MB
2016   Group Exhibition “Intent” Edge Gallery, Winnipeg MB
2015   Group Exhibition “Suspended: it is about Pursuit” Frame Warehouse Gallery, Winnipeg MB
2014   Group Exhibition “Inexplicable: it is about Healing” Frame Warehouse Gallery,
Winnipeg MB
2011   Solo Exhibition “Evidence of a Trial”, Gallery in the Park, Altona MB
2011   Group Exhibition “InDescribable: it is about Murder”, Menninite Heritage Art Gallery, Winnipeg MB
2009   Solo Exhibition “The Last Walk”, Gallery in the Park, Altona MB
2008   Group Exhibition “Resilience”, Mennonite Heritage Art Gallery, Winnipeg MB
2006   Group Exhibition “Artisans Market” Winnipeg Center Vineyard, Winnipeg MB
2004   Group Exhibition “Going Vertical” Fleet Gallery, Winnipeg MB
2002   Solo Exhibition “Art Night” Winnipeg Center Vineyard, Winnipeg MB

Education:

2006   BFA, University of Manitoba (Ceramics Major)
1993    High School Graduate, Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, Winnipeg MB

Work Experience:

2008 – present    Curator, Gallery in the Park, Altona MB
2008 – present    Board Member, Gallery in the Park, Altona, MB
2008                        Board Member, Resilience Exhibition, MCC-Victims Voice, Winnipeg, MB

Reviews/Articles:

April 2015 – Family of Candace Derksen launches art show, CTV Winnipeg
April 2014 – Art brings healing for Derksen family, The Herald, Winnipeg Free Press
April 2014 – Unique exhibit portrays the healing journey, Red River Valley Echo
April 2014 – It is about healing, CHVN Radio
April 2014 – Inexplicable: it is about healing, The Uniter
April 2014 – Inexplicable: it is about healing, Winnipeg Free Press
April 2014 – Inexplicable: it is about healing, CTV News News, Online edition
January 2012 – Tragedy and pain rooted in art: Exhibit rooted in Derksen murder,                                                 Winnipeg Free Press – Printed Edition
January 2012 – What does transformative art look like?, CBC Manitoba
February 2012 – Exhibit a portrait of forgiveness, Winnipeg Sun
March 2012 – Current Art Exhibit, MB Herald
April 2009 – Crocheted Tears, MB Herald
June 2009 – Teardrops reveal depth of forgiveness, Pembina today

Speaking:

May 2016 – “”Art & Love Collide” POP-UP Gallery, Winnipeg MB
April 2015 – “Suspended: it is about Pursuit” Artist Talk, Frame Warehouse Gallery
April 2014 – “Inexplicable: it is about healing” Artist Talk, Frame Warehouse Gallery
January 2014 – “Tragic Loss Seminar” Altona and District Palliative Care Resource Center
June 2013 – “Forgiveness, to loving your enemy”, Altona Bergthaler Church
February 2012 – “Indescribable: It is about Murder” Artist Talk, Mennonite Heritage
Art Gallery