I have found that in exploring the creative process, my work reflects various ideas and developments in my personal mythology. This process continues to inspire me to action and to dialoguing about our evolving world and times. It is one of my most valuable teachers.
I enjoy working in a variety of media so my work often includes combining two and three dimensional materials. My themes tend to point to ideas about nature, our human belief systems, personal and planetary evolution and our ultimate interconnectedness.
Dina Torrans has been working as a multimedia artist for over 25 years. Her award-winning artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is included in a number of private and public collections. After graduating with honours from the Art Centre at Central Technical School in Toronto, she worked as an instructor in both the Sculpture and Printmaking Departments for over 10 years. She has been a Visiting Artist and Speaker at, among others, the McMichael Gallery and York University - School of the Arts.
Dina’s works evoke a dream-like playfulness as they explore what it means to be alive. One gets a sense of being centered in the here and now with evocative hints of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Always thoughtful and full of play.
Dina delicately engages in acts of bricolage, playing with the meaning of found objects. Torn maps and sheet music, raw elements like bronze, copper, and stone, and an assortment of other mixed media such as feathers and children’s toys are transported to her world in ways that sculpt strong narratives. Each work is like looking into a microscope focused on an imaginary Natural world. The strength of this mythology is enhanced by Dina’s ability to frame three dimensions on a two dimensional plane. This sculpture, collage, chine-collé ruptures the viewer’s sense of perception by inviting an attention to detail to a creative process and a world of wonder.
For Dina each work is a poem open to the viewers perspective. Yet acts of interpolation, where Dina’s focus attunes the viewer to her understanding of Nature – real and imagined – are made brilliant by her delicate use of colour and shape. Paint frames and creates a backdrop either of loud, soft, or dynamic feelings, providing a glimpse into her kaleidoscopic world.
Dr. Mark Lipton, Professor in the College of Arts, University of Guelph