Community Exhibition: Self-Reflections
March 8 to 31, 2016
The Rotary Education Centre
Presented in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the MacLaren Art Centre is pleased to present Self-Reflections, an exhibition of portraits created by staff and clients of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County, exploring personal narrative, identity and thoughtful reflection.
Led by regional artist Teresa Moore, nine women participated in a painting workshop at the Joyce Kope House in Barrie. Inspired by a variety of Modern Art portrait styles, Moore demonstrated the materials and techniques of acrylic painting on canvas along with basic concepts of facial proportions. For many of these women, opportunities for artistic expression are few and far between.
The resulting portraits are testaments to the lived experience of these women—how they see themselves, their hopes and self-reflections. As Joy Thompson, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society, states, “Living experience of homelessness, violence and criminalization should not mean that women’s lives are not valued; even though the women we serve here are too often invisible to most people in our communities. So, what better way to be visible than to paint your own portrait! The self-portraits painted by women are such a strong assertion of the right to be noticed, to be respected and to be included.”