This is an image of my son and a self-portrait of sorts if you agree that the choices of an individual are often autobiographical. As a painting it is a portrait of white privilege, his and mine.
In this painting the figure sits awkwardly in the seat, reflecting this contemporary moment where the old stereotypes and narratives of dominance and privilege no longer fit comfortably. He sits centrally, a focal point, out of context from a larger group and conversation in the room.
I have always been interested in the body as a subject although representational painting can be difficult territory to navigate given the complex histories and loaded meaning associated with the figure. I am intrigued by my relationship to this complex milieu and the way the body has functioned and been assigned meaning throughout time. Through my work I attempt to navigate a path through this space.
Louise grew up in Manchester, England but lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. She has a BFA from ECUAD with a major in painting.
2017 BFA Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver BC
2014 Studio Art Diploma, Capilano University, North Vancouver BC
2018 Backwash. BMO Theatre Centre, Vancouver, BC
2018 Clearly Ambiguous. The Ferry Building Gallery. West Vancouver. BC
2017 The Show. ECUAD, Vancouver, BC
Luminescence II. Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, BC
2016 Mail Art / Part 11. Fina Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2015 Sciroppo D’acero. Arte della stampa, Venice, Italy
2014 Grad Show. Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
2013 Grad Show. Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC