Sylvia Matas’ work collapses physiological and psychological realms. Her drawings, writing, and videos exist within thresholds — the edges of lakes, forests and roads, when dusk transitions day into night, autumn to winter, when the conscious and unconscious mind briefly collide, when sleepwalking takes over. It is within these in-between regions that Matas’ lone narrator speaks, blurring the space between the mind and the external world. An ominous atmosphere prevails as the narrator – and viewer – wait. Memories are recounted, distorted, questioned. Time passes but has stopped.
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Sylvia Matas is an interdisciplinary artist from Winnipeg. She received her MFA from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England (2008). Her work has been exhibited at the Maclaren Art Centre (Barrie, ON), The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), Truck Contemporary Art (Calgary), Útúrdúr (Reykjavik), the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and Mercer Union (Toronto).