Visual Arts Program

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


Shasti O'Leary-Soudant

Artist's Talk

Shasti O'Leary Soudant is a transdisciplinary artist whose work is centered around public interaction and is often inspired by the forms of scientific and mathematical systems.

Her most recent work has been in the public art sphere, including Weeping Wall for the Savarino Companies at 500 Seneca, Wish Field at Roswell Clinical Sciences Center, and the upcoming installation of Gut Flora in the NFTA's Allen/Medical Campus Station, commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Public Art Initiative.

As part of the 2014 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, she produced Performance Anxiety: Halflife, in which she, and a group of actors used invisible ink to mark the skin of attendees throughout the city of Toronto. By the end of the night, the performers had spread the "infection" to 10,000 participants. Halflife contained many of the impulses that are integral to Shasti O'Leary-Soudant's artistic practice: the use of light and electric colors, the outward currents of impact as a project travels from its nexus into a wider community of people, the self-imposed structure that dictates repetitive and systematic actions, and the intimacy of individual interactions that produce a larger collective experience.

As an artist whose work has been included in museums, galleries, public and commercial spaces, she has a unique perspective on the different methods and modes that art-making can occupy.

b. 1967 New York, NY

Transdisciplinary artist, designer and writer.

In her art practice, she uses a wide range of media and material to create objects and immersive experiences that attempt to initiate meaningful engagements with the public that concern perspective, hidden forces, transformation and the ways in which we edit the self.

She has travelled extensively, exhibited internationally, and speaks fluent second grade French.