At Tilted Brick
Opened November 15th – December 21st, 2019
Artist Run Centre in Creston, BC
Curator: Lisa Benshop
Directors : Marnie Temple and Jim Wallis
The works are glimpses of raw truth; they exist in a space in between the artist’s own private inner world and the mundane, material world we all share – not entirely otherworldly, not entirely concrete, but somewhere in Between.
from curatorial statement by Lisa Benshop
Between represents a selection of Deborah Thompson’s recent work and is part of a larger body of paintings, sculptures and drawings. This exhibition at the Tilted Brick highlights new works on paper. Throughout the series, Thompson employs facial expressions and sometimes body gestures to explore a range of emotions around anxiety. The work evolves out of a highly personal dialogue following a line of existential questioning prompted by this era of outward instability and on going injustice. Thompson says that her work is not didactic in a political way rather hopes it is universal in its social breath of understanding. Provocative and sometimes unsettling, the daily activity of creating work requires the artist to assume an emotional kinship with the work. In particular, the artist feels that the works on paper with their use of black and white media such as ink, charcoal, graphite and cut paper drop the seductiveness of colour exposing a world of anxiety unplugged.