Created in 2019, this body of work was created for a solo exhibition in the fall of 2019 at Art Rental & Sales operated by the Vancouver Art Gallery.
These works draw inspiration from the language of painterly materials, dripping and pouring on surfaces before drawing and painting shapes overtop. Sometimes these layers obscure the process, but often it’s evident through and between forms.
Reflecting on transformational narratives from Greek mythology, this works are filled with symbolism from myths in which female subjects undergo or catalyze extraordinary transformations. Many are drawn from the epic poem Metamorphoses, by the Roman poet Ovid. These transformations see nymphs abandoning their bodies in favour of botanical and elemental forms such as laurel (Daphne), reeds (Syrinx) and water springs (Arethusa), often to escape a lustful pursuer. Other transformations, against the subject’s will and for the sake of vengeance or self-preservation, take the form of animals (Io) and monsters (Charybdis). The myth of Circe represents the sorceress and femme fatale known for changing men into beasts, and in the case of Scylla, into terrible monsters borne of her own jealously.
Through these abstracted narratives and symbolic representations, the work reflects on depictions of femininity, interested in addressing deeply rooted, pre-existing patterns in modes of depiction. Simultaneously, they reflect on the diverse, defiant and formidable representations of feminine transformational power and resilience in the face of adversity.
“What we have been, or now are, we shall not be tomorrow”
– Ovid, Metamorphoses