Melissa Luk is a graduate of OCAD in Toronto and has decorated a variety of buildings and fences throughout the city. Her work incorporates themes surrounding nature and social justice. She enjoys creating murals but is also looking for projects that incorporate folk-craft, community organization, and independent publishing.
Emanuel Ciobanica has a bit more of a formal art practice. She studied visual art at York Universtiy and has recently been awarded the Willowdale Painting Excellence Award. She has exhibited in Canada, the UK, France, Romania, and the US. Her most recent exhibit, Exoskeleton, ran from February 2nd to 12th at the Gales Gallery in Toronto.
Melissa and Emanuel worked together to create murals to reflect the special nature of the Riverside community. They incorporated visual puns, local flora, fauna, and architecture as well as community concerns such as gentrification to develop the imagery used in the art. The panels are bright, engaging and childlike in their execution. You would definitely focus on the art work as opposed to the empty storefront
I like this type of project. They are quick to execute and have a lasting impact. And they don’t involve a large investment of time or money. Hopefully, the idea catches on and other BIAs in the city start bankrolling more of these installations, especially if they choose to go with less established artists, giving them a chance to exhibit to a larger audience. It certainly would be a win/win for everyone, including PATCH.
Here’s some more information on the Patch it Up project.