Up Close from a Distance

UBC Okanagan Visual Arts Exhibition

Hosted by the UBCO Visual Arts Course Union (UBCOVACU))

Bronwyn Maddock

Bronwyn Maddock

     Art can be seen as an extension of the artist creating it, whether it be created out of past experiences or what they see for themselves in the future. These works were created out of humour and thinking in terms of the everyday aspects of life. I leaves space for viewers to interpret my paintings and perhaps see themselves reflected in the images and narratives.  

     The ‘skeleton’ is a reoccurring subject in this series of paintings. Unless you are an expert in anatomy, you won’t be able to tell the gender of the skeletons that are depicted in my work, and that’s the point. At the end of the day, we’re all just a skeleton underneath. You are able to see yourself in the work in whatever way you feel is the best. I chose to paint these everyday aspects of life which will evoke different interpretations by viewers. 

     I have always been highly influenced by the Baroque period and the techniques that were used when playing with light and space. Rembrandt’s works are the greatest inspiration when it comes to the study of light, colour, measuring the space and creating movement within the composition. Light plays an important role in my work as it sets an interesting mood in each scenario that has been created. I hope these works will encourage viewers to think about their lives, the highs and lows.

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