A Quiet Mind II

by: Emma Lau

A Quiet Mind II showcases Lau’s paintings from the past few years, all of which embody the artist’s meditation experience. In 2010, Lau received tutelage from Buddhist meditation masters who taught her how to meditate at a deep level. All subsequent artwork she has created explores translating her meditation practice into fine art. Art-making occurs immediately following meditation practice, and there are marked shifts in decision-making that occur after the act of meditation.

About the Artist

Emma Lau was born in 1979 and has lived in London (UK), Hong Kong, and, in 2016, relocated to Toronto. Lau worked as an art educator for 14 years and has exhibited her artwork around the world. Her artwork explores her meditation practice; specifically, how to visually convey meditation through fine art. She is influenced by Eastern philosophy, although does not subscribe to any specific religion.

Date: Aug 14 – Aug 29

Opening reception: Aug 15,  6pm – 9pm

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday 1-6pm

Extended gallery hours:  Aug 22 5pm-8pm and Aug 24 1:30pm-5pm

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Lower Gallery

Price: Free


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