passage of time
Amelia Jiménez’ banner displays a photographic image of three hands: the artist’s, her father’s and her nephew’s, taken shortly before her father’s death. Amelia intended the work, first exhibited in 1994, as a comment on the various stages of family relationships. It was a symbolic representation of transience, a conveyor through the journey of life, ever moving onward. Life has moved forward and Amelia is no longer with us, but thanks to her art, we are able to appreciate her presence among us. Hitoko Okada stitched the window image into the banner. The line in copper-coloured thread recognizes Amelia’s intent to “sample” embroidery and her love of copper, a metal that holds much meaning in her homeland, Chile.
Amelia Jimenez incorporates new media, printmaking, photography, sculptural objects and performance in her work. She studied Education and Fine Arts at the Catholic University of Chile, where she majored in printmaking. In Toronto she studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has also spent time working in Italy at Studio Camnitzer. Her exhibition history includes Chile, Canada, Germany, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, Serbia and Cuba. She has also participated in artist residencies in Chile, Italy, Colombia and Serbia. Jimenez has been the recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.