Congratulations to WAAC member Christy Chor, the recipient of the 2020 Helen Copeland Memorial Award.

Nature is the foundation of Christy’s inspirations. The majesty of the landscape, the orchestra of wildlife, and the experience of life are all part of the flow of life. She likes to observe and capture the grace and poetry of movements. Her latest work reflects on the causes and consequences of our ecological crisis, triggers the alarm bells of disaster, and galvanizes the audience into action to save nature for generations to come.

For more information on the Helen Copeland Memorial Award CLICK HERE


Christy will be exhibiting in a group show “MASS WASTING”
October 22 – November 14, 2020
Reception: TBC
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

Responding to the current era of rapid and accelerating change to the landscape, ‘Mass Wasting’ explores the impact(s) of environmental destabilization through the lens of craft practice.

Through both direct and indirect human intervention, the form of the Earth is changing. Extractive mining practices and deforestation have immediate and obvious effects, while warming temperatures are causing unprecedented thawing of permafrost. The term ‘mass wasting’ refers to the geomorphic process by which rocks and soil move downhill (eg. rock slides, soil creep and thaw slumps). ‘Mass wasting’ is both cause and effect: the means by which we have arrived on this increasingly unstable ground.

This exhibition aims to address the psychic, social, cultural, and political impact of environmental unpredictability as identified by artists working in diverse craft media. It also considers the ways in which instability can open up fissures of possibility — opportunities for change and innovation.