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Making a Riddle out of a Solution
July 2 at8:00 pm - 11:00 pmFree
Join AANM for the opening reception of Making a Riddle out of a Solution, a solo exhibition by Margaret Switala. The exhibition will also be available to view online at https://aanm.ca/online-exhibitions after July 2, 2021. In the East parking lot of 329 Cumberland Ave. AANM will be projecting the artwork in large scale onto the side of the building. Free snacks and drinks will be available. Masks and social distancing are required. The opening reception will only occur if Manitoba health orders allow. To get updates and more information visit the event page on
“I find that working in the style of surrealism is the most creative potential of the unconscious mind and has unlimited possibilities of the imagination. For many years, I have been an admirer of such great artists as Magritte, Dali and Chagall but it is with Frida Kahlo that I most identify with personally.
Working in oil, I choose a juxtaposition of landscapes and objects to create surreal compositions. Most of my work deals with spiritual, symbolical and metaphysical topics. They become a meeting place and threshold between the worlds of imagination and reality, the individual and the collective. It is a paradox within. These unusual combinations can create moments of visual poetry.
I argue that my surrealistic images are even more representational of life because they contain feelings and emotions that resonate with the viewers. Sometimes life does not have to be viewed according to reality, instead, why not explore the depths of the mind and soul and reach for something deeper than the reality that plague us and traps us daily? Thus, I create my own world and reasons and shut out the logical common ones.
As art is a universal language, it is also a window to your soul.” Margaret Switala
Poster description: Poster background is green. At the top of the poster is AANM’s logo and the words coloured blue “Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba. Below in large back font is “Making a Riddle out of a Solution”. Below in smaller black font is “A solo exhibition by Margaret Switala. In the middle of the poster is an image of Sweet Dreams are made of these painting by Margaret Switala. The painting is surreal paining of a person in a bathtub. The image is viewed from the point of view of the person in the tub with their feet sticking out of the water. The toenails are painted red and the water that they float in is dark and full of lily pads with a few water flowers and an orange fish. The wall of the bathroom consists of light-yellow square tiles. Above the water taps, some of the tiles are missing and through the hole a tropical scene can be viewed. At the bottom of the hole is a sandy beach with a light blue sea with white caps. The sky is a light blue with fluffy clouds. There 2 palm trees visible, one coming from the left side of the hole, and one from the right side.
There are three pink ovals along the side of the poster which gives information about the event: “Where: 329 Cumberland Ave. East Parking Lot”, “Free Event! Free Snacks and Drinks!” , “When: July 2, 2021 8pm-11pm” Below the image is a pink box with the following text in black “The exhibition will also be available online at heep://aanm.ca/online-exhibitions/ after July 2, 2021. This event will only occur is health orders permit, see the Facebook event page for updates and more information: https://fb.me/e/2eUViiJrp”