deniree isabel. ‘to strangers i love deeply.’ 2018. Cotton acrylic. Courtesy of the artist.

to the strangers i love deeply.

denirée isabel

Curated by Melanie Egan

January 18 – June 2, 2019

Big Vitrine (facing onto Ontario Square)


Reception: Friday, January 25 from 7-10pm

to the strangers i love deeply.

finding you in places suspended;

i feel you

strongest in the ether between wake

and sleep

catching you in the peripheries;

i hear you

between the spaces of cacophony

and static

holding you in phantasm;

i see you

in the likeness of others

and self.

for you,
i recreate the homes i dreamt
we would find each other in

i breathe life with the words
we would exchange

i honour the memories
we would share.


With this installation, I explore the ethereal nature of transparent, malleable, and reflective objects. I activate materials that require the viewer to assess and reassess what they perceive as reality and fiction. I offer no answer or conclusion, only the opportunity to explore relational moments, materials, and movement.

– denirée isabel

This exhibition is part of the DesignTO Festival (January 18-27, 2019).


denirée isabel is an emerging Venezuelan-Canadian artist working primarily in textiles. Often manifesting in repeated, woven, and embroidered structures, she incorporates new media, including projections, animation, and audio. Her conceptual practice revolves around the study and reflection of identity, culture, and womanhood. With each piece, denirée aims to create space physically or emotionally for vulnerability and healing on the intrapersonal and extrapersonal.

denirée holds a BFA in Textiles with a minor in Art History from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2016), and an advanced diploma from Sheridan College in Textiles (2014). She received a residency at NSCAD Lunenburg (2017) and an Ontario Arts Council grant (2018). Currently she is an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre.