‘ORIGINAL SISTERS’ SHOW OF ORIGINAL PAINTINGS:
Original Sisters was born in the COVID-19 quarantine. In early March 2020, locked down in her home studio in Toronto and longing for inspiration, artist Anita Kunz started researching women on the Internet. She wasn’t sure what she was looking for, but she soon found an array of astonishing people who had done amazing things—some of whom she had heard of, but most of whom she had not. And then she began to paint their pictures and write down their stories. The result is a jaw-dropping feat of historic and artistic research. The wide variety of lives, occupations, time periods, and achievements is absolutely mind-bending.
From Joan of Arc to Josephine Baker, from Hippolyta to Greta Thunberg, from Anne Frank to Misty Copeland: these women made and changed history. But there are just as many whom you’ve never heard of, who were never recognized in their lifetimes, whose achievements need to be brought to light. They include the anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl, who was executed at age twenty-one by the Third Reich, and Alice Ball, a young African American scientist who discovered a treatment for leprosy but died tragically before she could receive credit for it.
Original Sisters recounts a secret history that must be told so that it is a secret no more. “I spent the pandemic creating a series of paintings; a labour of love, and I've ended up with almost 400 portraits of extraordinary women, many of whom have been overlooked or forgotten entirely. I also wrote brief summaries about their accomplishments.
The women I painted cover the spectrum. Young and old, different nationalities and religions, and women from the beginning of civilization to ones who are currently accomplishing great things. I've compiled all of the paintings and brief descriptions of every one of the subjects' accomplishments and I put together a gallery show so that the public could learn about these women. “
The show of original paintings was shown at TAP Centre for Creativity in London Ontario and was the first time the entire collection could be seen. A smaller version of the show (40 of the 365 paintings) was shown at the Iona Gallery in Toronto spring of 2022.
All paintings are acrylic on board, 12" wide by 16" deep, with white frames and glass.
Here's a short video of just some of the work.
Interview segment on the Social TV program
Interview segment on the local TV news
Interview with Françoise Mouly and Genevieve Bormes
Interview with Angela McInnes
ORIGINAL SISTERS: Portraits of Tenacity and Courage by Anita Kunz
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Special thanks to curator Sarah Legault and videographer Sabrina Spilotro