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Mekayla Dionne

Artist member since 2020
Toronto, Ontario

Mekayla Dionne is an emerging Métis artist who recently graduated from OCAD University. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Mekayla produces abstract paintings in which she explores colour relationships, composition, and layering. Through many—sometimes dozens— of acrylic layers, she creates thick tactile patterns. The landscape of her paintings are often laden in ridges, denoting where each masked layer occurred. The smooth acrylic surface alongside the ridged edge of each layer work together to create a unique tactile experience as well as an intricate visual adventure.

Mekayla also creates digital paintings, using a similar layering technique, comparing how digital layers leave no trace but acrylic layers are often visually apparent. Mekayla has an interest in poetry and combining written work with visual art in what she calls "word collages", which is a developing project.

Alongside her art practice she also works as the Program Manager at a local non-profit, Art City in St. James Town, with a vision of an accessible arts education for all children. At Art City Mekayla has taught various painting, drawing, and mixed media classes to children aged 6-13 years. She takes great pride in bringing art into children's lives who might not otherwise have arts experiences.


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Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

Art is an experience that allows us to see other points of view and life experiences. Art allows us to be more understanding of the world around us.

Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words

Adventurous, Patient, Joyful

Favourite medium

Acrylic is my all time favourite!

When did you start making art, and why?

I started making art when I was very very young, I always had a desire to make the images in my mind come to life. Over time, that has morphed from realism to abstraction.

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

At work at a non-profit, that provides free art lessons to children, or cycling around the city of Toronto.

What do you listen to when you work?

Podcast about history, crime, or both!

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Upcoming Exhibitions
Aug 2020

Sense of Press, Baltimore, MD
COVID Landscapes, Printed Book

Select Past Exhibitions
2018

Indigenous Student Association at OCAD University, Toronto, ON.
Flux Refusal

2018

OCAD University, Toronto, ON.
C.H.U.D

2019

OCAD University, Toronto, ON.
GradEx 104

2020

The Wall Space Gallery, Scotland, UK
In 24-Hours Exhibition: Abstract Aeras

2020

Camelback Gallery
Bold Abstracts

2020

Art Room Gallery
Colours

2020

Envision Arts
Abstraction III: A Contemporary Collective

2020

The Little Pink Gallery
The Little Pink Gallery of Big Ideas

2020

Emergent Art Space
Calling Across the Distance

Accolades
2020

Camelback Gallery
Merit Award

2020

Art Room Gallery
Merit Award

Press
2019

OCAD University
GradEx 104

Education
2019

OCAD University, Toronto, ON.
Drawing & Painting

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