Pencil on Paper and Vellum: Ruth Upjohn Gallery October 27 to November 17, 2020
Pia creates images inspired by the underside of the visible world of nature. Her work is yet
always intimate and private, and seeks to engage the observer within a child’s fantasy world.
As a starting point for the series the spongy litter under the tall trees Pia has collected and
dried roots weeded from her own garden and others including the garden at the Women’s Art
Association of Canada. By revealing the qualities of the elements of this amazing hidden world beneath our feet, and re-imagining them floating in a room of indeterminate scale, she attempts to employ the resulting shifts in scale and perspective to unsettle our everyday perceptions.
Pia Israelsson lives and works in Toronto and relaxes on a tiny island on a big lake in Northern
Ontario. During this time of social isolation, Pia can be found wondering at the roots of plants
in her garden, or immersed in her collection of exhibition catalogues, monographs,
artists’ letters, and biographies. She is currently reading Originals: American Women Artists by