April 3 - 22, 2012
Opening reception: Tuesday April 3, 7-9pm
Artist Talk and Digital Painting Demonstration: Sunday April 15, 2pm
Childhood is a time of high contrast, strong feeling, willful exploration, and enduring complexities. In ‘Child Out of Time: Reborn’, artist Janet Strayer explores multiple realities of imagination, memory, experience, and observation with an exhibition of digital paintings and mixed media acrylic paintings. Her work is dedicated to representing a child-doll combination evoking the uncanny connection between actual and figurative life forms. Using a combination of traditional drawing, painting and etching techniques with digital painting, Strayer represents her subjects in a realm between classical representation and playful invention. Her use of digital technologies separately and in combination with traditional materials evokes moods and moments that endure -- whether whimsical, absurd, magical, emotional or haunting.
Strayer’s digital paintings and acrylic paintings are shown together to create a conversation between them, allowing the viewer to see how the evolution of idea, imagery and medium changes as art perpetuates forward. ‘Child Out of Time: Reborn’ presents a body of work that has traveled through the artist’s imagination and reveals the way in which the generative artistic process renews itself in time.
Janet Strayer was born in Germany and grew up in New York City where she graduated from Columbia University. She later received a PhD in psychology from Simon Fraser University, and has had a career as a professor, researcher and writer. Strayer studied art history, painting and printmaking at Emily Carr University, Capilano University, Bellas Artes and Instituto Allende in Mexico, Vancouver Academy of Art and the Toronto Academy of Realist Art. She has lived, worked, and travelled extensively in many regions of the world, and currently lives and works on Saturna Island, British Columbia.
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