Ted Fullerton featured in "Together in Spirit: Dialogue in Image" showcased at The Aurora City Hall


In anticipation of the exhibition Together in Spirit: Dialogue In Image featuring Ted Fullerton and Dazaunggee (Paul) Shilling, both artists sit in conversation.

Curated by Samantha Jones, the exhibition will be open from Saturday, October 1st to November 19th, 2022 in the 2nd-floor gallery at Aurora City Hall. 

Written by: Wayne Doyle

27 September 2022

"Artists Ted Fullerton and Dazaunggee (Paul) Shilling befriended each other in the early nineties based on their mutual respect and shared work in the arts. In 2018, the artists met again after years apart. Naturally conversing on
themes such as colonial domination, oppression, aesthetic sensibilities, as well as their personal life experiences, the artists decided to continue their conversation in visual form.

Each artist creates a statement in painting for the other, who responds reciprocally. In Together in Spirit: Dialogue in Image, pairs of paintings meet in truthful conversation and confession with each other. The gallery serves as a safe space for ongoing discussion of honest and perhaps controversial
topics at this current juncture in Canadian History: Original people, spirituality, expropriation of Indigenous land, cultural identity, shame, and language, and more. Through visual creation is an ongoing exploration and declaration for reconciliation.

As an aboriginal man, Dazaunggee (Paul) Shilling feels the need to shed the image that was taught to him as a child – that he was undesirable, shameful, unworthy. As he expresses himself, he heals himself; the inner voice and the
inner eye clear and open for the energy of the image to move through him from “the great house of invention”.

Ted Fullerton is a Canadian artist working in painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. He has achieved awards in all four media. An on-going effort within his practice has been to symbolically confront social issues or situations
where a pictorial language exemplifies an acceptance while also questioning and addressing truths, falsehoods, or generalizations around and of human existence.

This the first of a two-part series where experienceyorkregion.com sits down with both artists to discuss the exhibit. This interview is with Ted Fullerton. The interview with Dazaunggee will appear next week.





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