Transmogrifying The Christian Body

Exhibition and performance by OCAD U graduate student Erik Tonatiuh

January 5 to 13, 2012

Transmogrifying the Christian Body is a reflection of the dramatic imagery representation by the human mind within Christianity and the religion’s influence on society and culture. The sculptures and installations are directed to the figurative side to better express the questions, reflections and criticism of the church. These works attempt to embody the religious point of view to represent the divine through the human body.

Erik Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and has been living in Toronto for the past seven years. Tonatiuh studied visual arts at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City; he has a BFA with a major in Sculpture/ Installation from OCAD U. He is currently involved in the CADN program at the same institution. His studio practice includes paintings, sculptures, installations and performance art. Many of Tonatiuh’s early paintings reveal a tentative exploration of the iconic imagery contained within Mexico’s deeply rooted Catholic culture. His move to Toronto provided an opportunity to "step out of" Catholicism societal influence, which resulted in a more critical evaluation of the church. The Christian imagery that is prevalent in Tonatiuh’s current sculptural pieces come from this new insight as "one looking from the outside in" and is reminiscent of his early life and family in Mexico.