July 12 – 15, 2012
Vernissage: Thursday, July 12, 6 – 9 pm
Artist statement: The dark place of tactility in a woman’s body is a precipice: a place at the edge of desire where human touch sways between seduction and betrayal. The human fascination with the dark feminine’s hiding place of vulva, entrance place of birth and death, has lead to the suppression of innate sexual desire. This squashed fervour lends itself to a falsehood – a complex fanaticism with virginity – at the expense of the erotic natural machinations of women. Exclusion, ritual cleansing, estrangement and the contemporary need for a hidden cycle remove women from the inherent sexual magic of her body. In “Femmes”, the fanny, source of life, rises to a sovereign fecund place of tender sensual reverence.
After a year creating little and feeling a great loss in her life, clay artist Cynthia O’Brien took herself to Vallauris, France for an Artist in Residence. The plan was to be inspired – by French culture, by Vallauris, the town where Picasso married Jacqueline Roque, and by local ceramic great Roger Capron. The plan succeeded, generating new ideas, energy and unexpected friendships with three other artists, one being international video artist Emma Rochester from Australia. “Femmes” explores O’Brien’s time in France and features a recent collaboration between the two artists.
For information about the artists:
Cynthia O’Brien http://www.cynthiaobrien.ca/
Emma Rochester http://emmarochesterdrawing.blogspot.ca/