I am a strong believer in the philosophy that art can be a method of healing and therapy, and repair a wounded soul. Growing up in a new-age-y and spiritual household, others scoffed that this mind set and believed that it was only within the walls of a hospital that one could heal. On Thursday night, tucked away in the heart of downtown Toronto, these two approaches to healing came together as one.
On May 30th, Art Battle Canada literally painted the halls of the recently demolished University of Toronto Women’s College Hospital. As a benefit to raise money for the newly modelled facility, beginning at 8 o’clock, 75 artists from all over the city, country, world even, had 75 minutes to create a masterpiece on the walls of one the abandoned surgery rooms, nurses stations, or patient quarters, all in an hopes to have their mural voted best by the attendees, and awe-struck visitors. It’s safe to say: art was everywhere.
I wish I could adequately express – nay, recreate the atmosphere of this event. The walls of the hospital were the canvas, accompanied by an incredible DJ, wine or your very own drinkable I.V. blood bag (read: vodka and cranberry)!
Have you ever walked into an O.R. and been overwhelmed by splatters, colours, and splashes? Let me rephrase that: Have you ever walked into an O.R. if you aren’t a doctor? Probably not! I sincerely hope that none of you need to be in an O.R., but what I’m asking is – how often do you walk into a surgery room and just want to dance??
The only way I can best describe the artwork that was created is by saying: It was juicy, and I just wanted to sink my teeth into the murals because they were ripe with delicious impasto strokes and color.
I thought I would share some of my favourites – who would you vote for? Beware, there are a lot of great works to choose from:
Of course, I could not be around empty walls and palettes full of wonderfully colored paint without finger painting myself. I felt compelled to leave a mark in the spirit of original art on Zatista!
Look out for more Art Battle events. These are creative experiences not to be missed.