Up Close from a Distance

UBC Okanagan Visual Arts Exhibition

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

Lareina McElroy

Lareina McElroy

     The natural world is full of magic moments, even in the most common places. This series of paintings, set in rural Saskatchewan, reimagines my childhood memories and seeks to capture the emotional expression of the prairies and their melancholic skies. There is a hidden beauty in Saskatchewan that is often overlooked. There is also a sense of desolation in the vast fields of crops, thunderstorms, abandoned farm houses and barns. In this place a female figure, whose distant expression suggests contemplation, is accompanied by animals who offer comfort. These are narratives constructed on beauty and desolation in equal parts. 

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