VAM 37 | Artist Profile: Jacqueline Treloar

Visual Arts Mississauga 37th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, at the Art Gallery of Mississauga from January 15 – February 14, received 232 entries from across Ontario. Jurors selected 41 artists to be in the show.Until the end of the exhibition, the AGM blog will feature VAM 37 artists. Learn about the thinking behind the works in the exhibit, and see the works in person at the AGM! Vote for the VAM 37 People’s Choice Winner at our facebook page! To purchase works, contact the AGM.

In this post, the AGM blog features Jacqueline Treloar.

Tell us about your work in VAM37. How did you come to the idea to construct this work? What was the thought process behind it and what were your strategies in expressing this idea visually?

Corona Puer is part of an ongoing, multi-segmented project called, “Great Crowns for the Queen of Heaven”. My fascination with the crowned statues of the Virgin Mary evolved during the years that I spent living in the inner city of Palermo where religious processions and festivities are a part of the fabric of the city. My Coronas Magnas Reginae Caeli series is inspired by the Vergine Maria Del Monte Carmelo in the church of Carmine Maggiore, Palermo, Sicily and the wonderfully exuberant crowns worn by the Mary Queen of Heaven statues in southern Spain.

By incorporating images of my own friends and family members, I invert the crown’s untouchable sacredness into a vulnerable personal statement, which communicates universal concepts of human experience such as birth and death, aging and dependency as well as the strength of family bonds and social relationships. The elements that I have used in Corona Puer include fabrics, findings, heat transfers, stencilling, stitching, and beading.

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Jacqueline Treloar, Corona Puer, 2013, Fabric and mixed media on a plastic mesh base, 47 x 35 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Based on your experience in the 905, what has been the importance of a public art gallery and juried art shows?

My largest solo exhibition to date was in 1997 at the AGM with director Stuart Reid. I have also won awards and participated in several juried exhibitions. Both the public art gallery and the juried exhibitions have been key to my professional activities.

Who’s your favorite artist (ideally within the 905)? How do you feel this artist has inspired your work?

Most of my favorite artists are dead. Alive? Amselm Keifer.

See more of Jacqueline Treloar’s work on her Facebook and Twitter pages.