s o n y a   i w a s i u k

About

Bio

Every abandoned farm is a place of memory, a history of forgotten lives. Sonya grew up on the edges of small prairie towns where she and her dog would romp freely across fields in search of adventure, discovering empty homesteads and the treasures they would surely find there. These experiences combined with the stories of her Ukrainian heritage developed her curiosity about Canada’s pioneering past and use of historical subject matter and discarded objects in her work.

 

Sonya is a self-taught mixed media artist working in Vancouver, BC. Initially, she was a graphic designer and illustrator but her true calling was to create fine art. Her current focus is public art; both commissioned pieces and gallery installations as well as teaching mixed media classes and private lessons to adults.

 

Her work has been shown in galleries situated in Western Canada.

 

 

 

Artists Statement

 

I document pivotal moments or seemingly insignificant snapshots of the ordinary revealing profound narratives of life both present and past.

 

My work is inspired by both the stories of my childhood and stories I have collected as an adult. Some I know intimately, others have been entrusted to me, and particular, intriguing ones, I have investigated. Inspiration also comes from wandering through and surveying my world.

 

Trying to grasp and then throw light on the incomprehensible; capturing the stories of our world and its inhabitants, is vital for me. We are surrounded at once by intense beauty and vitality and yet, at times, darkness and fragility take over. It’s hard to fathom the implausible hardships people and the earth endure, but more unbelievable to me is hope and the will to survive.

 

Though at times the figure is my focus, I am also drawn to abandoned places and buildings because they too speak of people. Disconcerted characters and lonely entities documented within my mixed media paintings, sculptures and translucent hangings, are partially exposed and brought back to being. I often intensely research the histories of people, places and particular events and by revealing the past I have realized how strongly it speaks of the present. I progressively explore and experiment with different materials and methods of rendering and presenting these portrayals.

 

My hope is that I will engage people and open connections to these stories of strangers initiating empathy, consideration and maybe even introspection.

 

 

CV

 

Public Art Commissions

2018 Vancity credit union, “Woven Histories”, New Westminster, BC, Canada

2017 Vancity credit union, “A Walk in Our Past”, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

 

Two-Person Exhibitions

2013  Elevation Gallery, “Voices From Within” (with sculpture by Morley Myers), Canmore, Alberta, Canada

 

Group Exhibitions

2017  Parker Art Salon

2016  Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2016  Parker Art Salon, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2015  Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2014  Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2013  Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2013  Sopa Fine Arts, “U8 Show” Kelowna, BC, Canada

2012  Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2012  Seymour Art Gallery, “Spring Show”, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

2011  Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2011  Elevation Art Gallery, “Sacred Modern”, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

2010  Elevation Art Gallery, “The Small Show”, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

2010  Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2009  Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Gallery Representation

Elevation Art Gallery, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

VanDop Gallery, New Westminster, BC, Canada

Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Cityscape Community Art Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada

Place Des Arts, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

 

Education

1989-1991 Advertising Art Diploma Program, Red River Community College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

 

Teaching

2011 – Present  Mixed Media Adult Art Instructor, The Art Way, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2011 - Present  Mixed Media Adult Art Instructor, Sonya Iwasiuk Art Studio, Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Art Community Involvement

2017 - Present Creator SIN Artists Group, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2012 – 2013  Board Member, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

2012 – 2013  Fundraising Chair, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

2012 – 2013  Creator, Parker Street Studios Life Drawing Group, Vancouver, BC, Canada