Justine McGrath - Toronto, Ontario - Bachelor of Fine Arts, OCADU 

             

  My interest in stained glass has been cultivated throughout my life. I feel it began gazing up at ornate stained glass windows in church as a child, captivated more by the glowing pieces and their stories. I am family taught in stained glass by my mother and younger brother, who I learned from in 2015.  I learned the art form during a difficult period in my life where a lot of growth and healing was necessary. Stained glass was challenging, took immense focus, and most importantly brought me closer to my family. The hours spent in that studio with my mother working on projects are some I would never trade. I have been fortunate to be brought up in a family of creatives and craftsmen, each with unique skill sets that have influenced me throughout my life. As a mixed Métis artist who uses creation as a therapeutic practice, mental health, adornment, and identity is often at the forefront of my conceptual art pieces. I am grateful for this practice and to all who have shown support in my personal and artistic development.