Having been working on “The Players” series for two years I wanted to focus on women since my research has disproportionately leaned towards man so far. A set of Library of Congress cards “Women Who Dare v.2.” served as a jumping off point form choosing who I would end up researching and painting.
The work was primarily developed in studio with a few exceptions where I have taken a number of pieces out to a park in Toronto, Winnipeg, New York and Boston, initiating a performative vending happening. It was a great way to have a variety of interaction between the artist, the object, its creation, message and audience. Once completed I toured the work throughout Eastern Canada as part of a month long art project “We Made a Deal with the Devil” art and music tour organized by MeThinks Presents.
Like with earlier paintings in the series, the works continue to emote the style of propaganda posters. Unlike with earlier works which solely focused on black and white portraiture and colour background this series was an opportunity to design a narrative about the person and their contribution to society. I really enjoyed the challenge of conducting regular burst of research on each of the individuals and quickly synthesizing the research into a painting.
The tour was inspired by “La Chasse-galerie” a cautionary French-Canadian legend. The tour was comprised of two major traveling exhibitions: a “Portage Gallery” of drawings by over 100 artists and “The Players – Women” my poster style painting.