From the book PINK & GREEN - a publication about the Second Annual Toronto Art Book Fair - in which we appear on page 27 with a letter to us by Emily Pleasance "Dear Students. Where was this when I was in my teens? The t-shirts and tote bags, the pins and patches, the pencil cases covered in pencil drawings and the kiss-cheek key-chains?
They were everywhere, actually. But not like this. You highjacked the bits and bobs that were given to you. You stole them, repurposed them, injected them with the youth experience, and gave them right back. It was a DIY of life itself.
One can't help but notice the colour, exploration, sexuality, laughter, confusion, and self-discovery found in all of your art. There is mindful execution that makes this work very strong.
The illustration in the zine Fat Aphrodite are unassuming and whimsical. My drawings at that age were boring and looked as if I had tried too hard. (I was trying too hard.) The writing in A Childhood in its Last Twelve Hours is both raw and developed. It's opening, "The Life and Love of Eve Rivers" made me choke up and cry. I cried because its honesty hit a little too close to home. I also cried because this eloquent piece of writing now exists in the world and will hopefully find its way into the hands of someone in dire need of empathetic connection.
Your show-and-tell-like table was so thoroughly laid out. Your work is fruitful and incredibly honest. The artifacts you created have no remorse for the customary and no respect for the conventional. Thank god.
What I saw at your table was an experience I wished I had lived, art I wish I had created, and an honesty I wish I had been surrounded by. It was a rejection of all rites-de-passage. It was a marking of territory and a proof of existence. It was a claim to the Arts not as a privilege but as a right. Do not stop your unbridled expression! Do not give into the do's and don'ts! Most importantly, do not listen to me (or anyone), for you know better.
We need our youth to discipline the Disciplines.
Sincerely, Emily Pleasance, an envious admirer."
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