Using social and psychological references as a conceptual starting point, Toronto-based artist Toni Hamel illustrates the absurdities of human behavior through her satirical paintings.
Men in lab coats carry a giraffe that appears to have rigor mortis in a painting called ‘The Heist’, in ‘The Watch’ a child stands at the edge of a pier with a lead attached to a melting iceberg. Hamel’s paintings each explore a peculiar relationship or a socio-cultural phenomena. Why should a zebra be donning stripes? Why is a horse being painted pink? Do weathermen really fill up the clouds with water before a big storm? Hamel’s paintings inspire a childlike sense of curiosity and play, in them nothing is as it seems.