Wells, BC, June 19, 2018…. Island Mountain Arts is pleased to present the exhibition, Deafies: Portraits of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals, by Laurie M. Landry, June 22nd – July 22nd, 2018. "Deafies" is a play on 'selfies,' which uses painted portraits to raise awareness about the deaf community, as well as, the use of American Sign Language (ASL). In addition to displaying her artwork in the Island Mountain Arts Gallery, Laurie will also have an artist talk in the gallery on the opening night of her exhibition, June 22 at 7:30pm.
"I have been profoundly deaf since birth. In order to understand what is being said, I read lips, and I often miss important details, despite the fact that I wear a hearing aid. I compensate this by looking for visual clues such as body language, facial expressions and context.” Laurie utilizes her experience of deafness into her works and uses them as imprints on her paintings.
Laurie’s considers the small town of Wells to be the origin of her real introduction into art, where as a child she attended an Island Mountain Arts workshop for water colour painting with artist Edward Epp . In more recent time, Laurie completed a Fine Arts Techniques certificate with Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
Laurie’s painting style is traditional representation in which she also incorporates modern materials and techniques. She uses colour and texture to create atmosphere and mood within her landscape paintings as well as her portrait work. For this exhibition, Laurie drew inspiration from different artists who have used context and backstory to create a series that conveys a message and awareness.
Canada Council for the Arts deserves great acknowledgement for their support of the development and presentation of this exhibition.