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Rosalind Breen Captures Complex Emotions in Paint

Every now and then, I encounter an artist that produces artwork that pokes an old sore spot in my heart. I have recently been in touch with with Toronto based painter Rosalind Breen, she most definitely is one of those artists. Breen unabashedly explores the complexity and beauty that exists in relationships, through the metaphoric entwining of limbs and body parts. The figures in her paintings are a combination of real and imagined characters, shown in intimate embraces in undefined bedrooms. From her artist’s statement-

“These images reference the human experience of one to one relationships, intimacy and the increasing difficulty of find stability or trust in urban culture. I dance between the line of allowing the figures to be physically close yet completely disconnected and numb – together, yet not at all.”

Breen has a beautiful, poetic way of depicting the push/pull struggle of real intimacy, the nature of connection in modern relationships, and the implied pain and disconnection from ourselves and those we share ourselves with in our intimate encounters. You can read more about Rosalind’s work on her blog here.

Reoccurring Dreams

Memory vs. Insomnia

NONE OF THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING, works on Mylar series, May 2013

NONE OF THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING, works on Mylar series, 2013

Thank you to Rosalind for allowing me to feature her work, and link to her photographs.


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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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