Opening Sunday, July 28, 1-3pm
Crafting the Confluence links marine natural phenomena, 3D imagery, and ethnographic considerations. The general idea of the project is to transpose the imagery taken from digital technologies to the real world in order to submit it to the forces of nature. The image thus takes on a material form, making it vulnerable. The assembly can be mishandled by the water which is agitated, and break itself. It may eventually dismantle itself, rather than always resume its perfect shape as the grid we can see on the computer screen.
Selfie #2 (self-portrait), Riisa Gundesen, oil on canvas, 2016, 65” x 45”
Exhibition opening Sunday, July 28th, 1-3pm
This series reflects my ongoing research into the abject, the grotesque threat that lingers, just out of sight, in the peripheries – of bodies, of gender, of place. The paintings are all self-portraits, beginning as nudes and natures mortes, then losing their form in areas of high texture, colour and abstraction, becoming unsettling and grotesque. My own home, as the primary site of my experiences with anxiety, depression, and mental illness, takes on a sinister role, full of rotten food, cluttered refuse and discarded objects, while the (my) body reflects interior turmoil, displaying in paint the itching, scratching, picking habits associated with my feelings of panic or mania. Daily tasks related ideologically to femininity – cooking and tidying, applying makeup and maintaining the appearance – take on a disturbing cast, reflective of the anxieties and obsessive thinking I’ve come to associate with them.