Best Witches Exhibit
Monica Bodirsky Best Witches
October 11th to November 9th
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11am--5pm
This exhibit consists of seven oil portraits of witches: contemporary, historical, real and imagined. The artist has taken a close look at the lives and expressions of archetypes and individuals who were labeled, portrayed, or identified as a ‘witch’.
Beginning with Agnes Moorehead’s wonderfully acerbic “Endora’ in Bewitched, the paintings grew to include; Margaret Hamilton’s quintessential Wicked Witch of the West, Billie Burke’s Glinda, the Good witch of the East, Bridget Bishop, the first woman hung in Salem, Massachusetts during the witch hysteria of 1692, Doreen Valiente, Fifties witch and pioneer of modern Wicca, contemporary Salem psychic and witch Lori Bruno, and Toronto witch, Nicole Cooper. These new pieces ask us to examine our own feelings about the differences between the stereotypes and realities of these seven women.
Monica Bodirsksy is a multi-disciplinary artist and arts educator based in Toronto. Her works have also been exhibited at The Textile Museum , The Oakville Museum, OCAD Gallery, *new* gallery, and the Spadina Public Library. This is Monica's second solo exhibition at the Fleishman Gallery.