September 16, 2020
“Loves Me Loves Me Not” (2020), oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches. All images © Toni Hamel, shared with permission
Based in Oshawa, a suburb of Toronto, artist Toni Hamel (previously) is concerned with human morality—or lack thereof. In her subtly hued artworks, Hamel portrays subjects in the midst of futile and trivial pursuits: children pluck stars from the night sky, a couple attempts to reconstruct a flower after its petals have fallen, and a young family literally watches wet paint dry. Many of the satirical pieces consider socially accepted anthropocentrism and the relationship people have with the surrounding environemnt.
Since 2017, Hamel has been adding to High Tides and Misdemeanors, an ongoing series that is intentionally political. “It confronts us with the repercussions of our actions and denounces the current thinking models. In this age of alternative realities, ‘fake news’ and a culture that is increasingly more self-absorbed and superficial, I feel that it’s even more important for me to carry on reporting what I must,” she writes.
Explore more of Hamel’s visual commentaries on culture and politics on Instagram.
“The Harvest” (2020), oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches
“The Prototype 1” (2020), oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches
“The Spill” (2020), oil on canvas, 12 x 10 inches
“Family Night In Kodachrome” (2020), oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches
“The Replacement” (2019), oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches
“Ikebana 1” (2019), oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches
“Ikebana 3” (2020), oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches
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