Artist Explores Female Diversity
Exhibit Addresses Archetypes and Expectations Through Child-like Illustration
SUDBURY, ON – Aug 15th – Rosie Maddock is a local, experimental, and multi-media artist who is often exploring social, historical or conceptual themes. She will be exhibiting “the unbearable lightness of being (a woman),” September 9th-28th at Artists on Elgin. The public is invited to her opening reception September 9th between 1pm-4pm at 168 Elgin street.

Rosie arrived in Sudbury from the U.K. in 2009 after studying drawing, and art in design. Her recent work has addressed themes of childhood memory, nostalgia, loss, and transition. Her exhibit, “the unbearable lightness of being (a woman),” will feature paintings that were made over the last two years, and have become lodged between the narrative painting tradition and children’s illustration. They are likened to the pages of a picture book for grown-ups that reference fairy tales, religion, and renaissance and modernist art history in a mash up that holds a mirror to the diversity of the female experience.  

While exploring the myriad of stereotypes, gender expectations, archetypes, and stories showing women how they should (or shouldn’t) be, Rosie concludes, “We all have to find our way, carefully stepping between the junk and the nonsense to find our own best selves, with all our glorious, unique, human imperfections and possibilities.”

The body of work for her show began as a nostalgic look at the mundane and magic of childhood, but the idea developed into a larger narrative on domesticity and womanhood. Her opening reception is free to the public and will take place September 9th, between 1-4pm at Artists on Elgin. The show will run until the end of the month.

Artists on Elgin is located at 168 Elgin Street, and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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"Eva Lution's Postcard from the Journey (still in those shoes)" Acrylic painting on canvas, 76cm x 102cm

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