Maureen Da Silva is a Toronto-based first-generation Portuguese settler, cis-gender artist committed to an intersectional feminist practice. Her practice focuses on silk screen, lithography and relief, with forays into bookbinding. She has taken her love of print into the founding of the not-for-profit artist group, The inPrint Collective, of which she is the Managing Director. Through this collective, Maureen has been proud to showcase work in Scotiabank NuitBlanche (2012), Printopolis (2010), Culture Days (2010-present) and other spaces across the GTA. InPrint has also engaged in a number of community-based projects with partners such as The Scarborough Museum, East End Arts, and GravenFeather Studio. A 2008 graduate of York University’s B.F.A program, Maureen has also completed her Masters of Arts at the University of Toronto (2009), as well as her Certificate in Museum Studies from the Ontario Museum Association (2013). Her research in her Women and Gender Studies Master’s program focused on the politics of inclusion within feminist art collectives, an interest which brought Maureen into the Feminist Art Collective (FAC). Maureen's work tends towards the tensions of semi-controlled patternings and “unregistered registrations” when it comes to laying down her stencils, as well ventures into figurative works influenced by popular culture. She also embraces learning curves, and the possibilities of regeneration in the face of failure. Her own practice in feminism and printmaking, as well as the artistic wealth of her print community has inspired Maureen to (hopefully) a lifetime of creativity, non-stop learning and sharing.
cover photo by Sally Hunter, design by Catherine Tammaro.
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Photo by Kaila Simoneau for The inPrint Collective.