Karen Bailey, Passages, The Rectory Art House, 179 Murray

Karen Bailey, Passages, The Rectory Art House, 179 Murray

In Passages, painter Karen Bailey bypasses more traditional forms of grieving and unveils her visual response to the unexpected passing of her mother.

I am a visual storyteller; people who serve are my preferred subjects. I document behind-the-scenes workers and under-recognized people – waitresses, hairdressers, older women preparing food for church functions, Canadian military medical personnel caring for the wounded in Afghanistan. In my Official Portrait of Michaëlle Jean I included nineteen figures in an expression of pluralism.

As a painter of people, I attempt to capture a poignant gesture whether it be an eighty year old woman serving tea to a fellow octogenarian or a military medical worker treating an injured Afghan civilian. Both are acts of service
Through my representative style, I seeks to showcase beauty, honesty and most importantly, humanity.

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