Joan Krygsman attended the Ontario College of Art in the 1980s. She now works in ink, collage and acrylic paint, drawing primarily animals. Bold colours and stripes are signature elements. The characters stare directly at the viewer, challenging and a little sad. She explores the dichotomy between the sense of innocence and the sense of misery of these creatures. Although they are childlike, they aren’t created for children. The sense of darkness underlying each piece hangs there like a secret waiting to be discovered. Like children, they aren’t as sweet and innocent as they may at first appear. They like to keep secrets.