Strangers tell their
stories through art
Exhibit: What's Your Story?
Location: McIntosh Gallery
By Lori Mastronardi
THIS LAMP WILL SHED SOME LIGHT ON THESE ARTISTS. The MacIntosh gallery
plays host to the What's Your Story? exhibit.
If the complexities
of university life fill you with feelings of tension, then perhaps the
perfect treatment is a casual stroll through the easily accessible McIntosh
Gallery. By merely stepping through the vibrant red doors, you expose
yourself to the visual marvels the gallery boasts.
The current feature, What's Your Story?, reveals distinctly different
lives through the creative visions of six female artists: Marilyn Conklin,
Roberta Cory, Linda Fried, Amanda Rowe, Laurie Seaman and Rosemary Sloot.
Although one cannot quickly draw comparisons between the works, the underlying
theme of the exhibit is implied by the simplistic title. The artists intend
to portray the lifestyles of various individuals and communities, as well
as to inspire viewers to apply their own personal experiences, or their
own stories, to these works.
The women contributing their talents to the exhibit have each chosen a
dramatic piece by another artist to accompany their work. In addition
to the art, short essays explain the parallels between the pieces, and
reveal the roots of inspiration.
Laurie Seaman, a London native, is eager to portray the lives of seemingly
simplistic individuals, because she recognizes the complexities that reside
below their surfaces. She illustrates the spirit of the individual through
pieces such as "Teresa," "Prostitute," "Gerry,"
"Butcher" and "Chambermaids."
Rosemary Sloot blends hair, feathers, shells and bones with oil on canvas
to convey memorable and compelling images. She strives to seamlessly integrate
images of the natural environment with pictures of humankind through her
collection of paintings entitled "The Idea of Evolution." Her
use of shadows across rippling turquoise waters is particularly appealing,
offering a mesmerizing quality.
Arguably the most dramatic pieces are found in "Proxemics and Body
Language On Stage," consisting of a plethora of related paintings
by Amanda Rowe. Her works convey a striking contrast of creams and peaches
on dark backgrounds, which present the stories of romantic interludes
and casual conversations. Rowe intends for the viewer to question what
is real, and what has been created or perceived through the interaction
of mannequin-like figures across smooth surfaces.
If academic stress has consumed you, seize a distraction by immersing
yourself in the depicted lives of strangers, conveyed by six talented
women. So rather than arriving early for the bus that is destined to be
late, spare a few minutes, and treat yourself to the creativity that these
artists have to offer.
The What's Your Story? exhibition will be featured at McIntosh Gallery
until Apr. 6.