I paint to proclaim that I am my own. The patriarchal model of male painter objectifying and “possessing” his model becomes a feeble parody of ownership in comparison to this: a woman (wife, mother, homemaker, painter) staking her claim on what must be hers and her alone: her identity.
Born in the Island of Sao Miguel, Azores, Eduarda spent her formative years surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and lived a simple existence of farming and learning the traditional crafts and roles of the women around her. Eduarda immigrated to Toronto in 1973. The middle girl of a family of 8 children, she was the first in her family to go to University and study Art, quite unusual for a girl from a traditional Portuguese background.
I possess myself with paint and in paint. I hide nothing from myself. Painting the self that has been a painter for decades – much longer than I have been a wife and mother – I repossess identity, proclaim my individualism, claim my self.
Eduarda graduated from the Ontario College of Art with a Diploma in Fine Arts and went on to University of Guelph where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has been exhibiting her work since 1980’s being influenced by Rembrandt, Cezanne and Lucien Freud along the way. She has worked with children from kindergarten to grade 8 in the public school system, teaching art and organizing recycled fashion projects for fashion shows by the students.
Eduarda is an oil painter who enjoys the tactile, sensual and rich nature of her medium. She paints both in Toronto and in her soon full time residence in Prince Edward County, where she has restored and converted an old barn to a studio/gallery and named it The Drive Shed. She uses herself as subject matter paints what her gaze falls upon. She aims to be truthful to her visual perception, without stylistic embellishments or personal dramatics.
1986-1987 Guelph University, Guelph
1980-1986 Ontario College of Art, Toronto