Toronto-based artist Carly Waito was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario in 1981 and raised in Thunder Bay. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, she co-founded the ceramic art and design studio coe&waito with Alissa Coe in 2005. The partnership is known for its elegant products and sculptural installations inspired by the natural world. As a painter, Waito has continued to pursue this inspiration, with a focus towards geology, geometry, light, and a sense of wonder and curiosity. These themes are uniquely encompassed by the tiny mineral specimens which have become her particular obsession. With each finely detailed painting, Waito focuses the eye on a specimen’s particular qualities, showing the beauty and magic that is present even in nature’s tiniest objects, if one looks closely enough and with a curious mind.
Waito has participated in a number of group exhibitions, including Little Crowns (Dec 2009) and The Dazzle (Oct 2010) and Moon Room (2014) at Narwhal Projects (Toronto), and Plus 1(2011) at Sloan Fine Art (New York), as well as three solo exhibitions, Specimens (2011) and Microgeographica (2014) at Narwhal Projects and at Definitely Superior Art Gallery (Thunder Bay, Ontario, 2015). Waito has also exhibited with Narwhal Projects at several art fairs, nationally and internationally including Aqua Art Miami (2009, 2011), PULSE (New York, 2012), Papier (Montreal, 2013), and Art Toronto (2013). She is the recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council. Waito has been featured in several publications, including Rocks and Minerals Magazine (USA, 2013), Uppercase Magazine (Canada, 2013) YEN (Australia, 2013) and ELLE Canada (2014). She has completed commissions for commercial clients such as Kvadrat Textiles (Denmark), and The Four Seasons Hotel (Toronto and Dubai). Her work is held in private collections in North America, Europe, and Australia.
Waito’s third solo exhibition will open at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay in February, 2015.