Oreka James

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Oreka James (b. 1991, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) creates paintings and sculptures of portals to alternative realms, in which moments of love, spirituality, the metaphysical and the ephemeral collide. Informed by oralities and folklore, she recalls peoples, places, and stories deeply rooted in their personal life and culture, considering the excavation of histories and futures as a means of wayfinding. Sometimes rendering objects and symbols that hold esoteric knowledge as placeholders for the unknown, James is committed to finding connections between fabricated and literal scapes. James received their BFA in Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design University while studying Furniture Design. She has completed a group residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario and has shown at spaces such as Projet Pangee, Montreal; Efrain Lopez Lopez Project Space, Chicago; Patel Brown Gallery, Toronto; Mercer Union, Toronto; Gallery 44, Toronto; and Margin of Eras Gallery, Toronto; James currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Fabric on plywood, brushed aluminum, motor

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40" X 20.5" X 15.25"
101.6cm X 52.07cm X 38.73cm

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Oil, acrylic and pastel canvas, nails

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62" X 82"
157.48cm X 208.28cm

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PVC piping, chicken wire, armature wire, zip ties, newspaper, wheat paste, tape, cardboard, compound, PVC glue, flocking, linseed oil, soil

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62" X 82"
157.48cm X 208.28cm

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Oil and acrylic on canvas, nails

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62" X 49.5"
157.48cm X 125.73cm

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Oil on canvas

60" X 48"
152.4cm X 121.92cm