October 22, 2023
"She tells me to trust the process and I trust her, so I will invite
intuition and imagination to help me gather gestures as I ruminate on
anxieties, affects, and apparitions; all the while, playing with magic,
murmurings, and meaning to coax us further from the centre."
The Wendy Wersch Lecture is an annual event that celebrates the
memory of Winnipeg artist Wendy Wersch and is dedicated to exploring
issues related to autonomy for women artists. The lectures focus on
women in the arts as role models for innovative cultural investigation.
The series builds awareness of feminist art criticism, activism and
Erika DeFreitas’ multidisciplinary practice includes performance,
photography, video, installation, textiles, drawing and writing. Placing
emphasis on gesture, process, the body, documentation and paranormal
phenomena, DeFreitas mines concepts of loss, post-memory, legacy and
objecthood. DeFreitas holds a Master of Visual Studies degree from the
University of Toronto.