The Daniels Faculty would like to congratulate sessional lecturer Amanda Boulos on winning the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. In addition to receiving $25,000, Boulos — who is teaching painting this fall in the Faculty's Visual Studies program — has been offered a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Her painting In the Morning (2017), pictured above, will become part of the RBC Corporate Art Collection.
“Painting is not passive; it can make one act, learn and feel, and it continues to be a unique method of knowledge exchange for both artists and audiences,” Boulos, who was also a finalist in the 2017 competition, has written. Her most recent body of work, of which In the Morning is a part, deals with family stories of the Lebanese Civil War and the 1948 war in Palestine. She writes, “I rely on painting to archive inherited ancestral knowledge and history while emphasizing that this information is not simple or univocal, but instead endlessly complicated and constantly changing.”