Monday, February 4, 2013

Laurie MacFayden + Amy Willans: Fighting Normal

Laurie MacFayden, "Pills", mixed media

Fighting Normal brings together the work of visual artist Laurie MacFayden and poet Amy Willans. This exhibition, in Gallery B, explores the impact of mental health issues. It runs concurrently with awareness of an altered world by Richard Boulet and Sue Seright in Gallery A until March 2, 2013. The gallery will be closed on Saturday, February 16, but otherwise is open from Wed-Fri, 10-4 and Sat 12-4.

MacFayden describes her process this way: For me, art-making is not merely a process of visual expression but a merging with the divine spark/vibrational energy that I consider to be the creative process. The resulting work is hard to categorize: I paint serene, post-impressionist landscapes and I paint boisterous, abstract-espressionist colour bombs. I paint electric skies and lively, dancing gardens; my urban and “inner” landscapes are more visceral. I apply paint with a vengeance, using brushes, knives, electric toothbrush, rolling pin … dabbling, flinging, dripping.

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