Marjan Verstappen’s River Credits

27 August – 14 December 2018
Hazel McCallion Campus B-Wing Window Gallery


Marjan Verstappen’s installation comes alive after sundown. Through the use of ultraviolet ink, the artist’s drawings of local flora present human viewers with a glimpse of what it would be like to see our surroundings through an insect’s perspective. They ask us to consider our existence with the realities of other living beings.

Verstappen visited the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives to learn about our surrounding region from the perspective of the Credit River. She traced the river in cyanotype – a technique commonly known as “blueprint” that is historically used to reproduce technical drawings, maps, and botanical illustrations. A narrative is laid over the map with ultraviolet ink to reveal the destruction of habitat that occurred during the era of European settlement in the Credit River Valley. These details question the complicated relationships of dependence and sustenance between humans and other life systems with which we co-exist.

Verstappen will be providing a free workshop on October 30th at 3pm.


Marjan Verstappen’s artistic practice explores concepts of mystery, truth, and how narratives about a place can be woven through objects and drawings. Through research, and a passion for drawing mundane things, she shows us the beauty, and absurdity, in specificity. Recent exhibitions include Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto), Gallery Galleria (Galleria Shopping Centre, Toronto), The Fung Wah Biennial (Flux Factory, NYC), andArt of the Danforth Festival (Toronto). Her drawings are featured in the CBC series This Art Works!.

The artist would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council.


Image: Marjan Verstappen, River Credits (detail), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.