Vanitas

Gwendolyn Brown, Vanitas

“How do our bodies operate within our homes? How are our domestic spaces marked by our touch? My work is driven by my interest in the simplistic movements we complete in our everyday lives. By depicting seemingly banal materials and objects, I aim to capture the way in which our bodies move and mark our personal spaces throughout time. I am fascinated with the moments after movement. What are the remnants of our habitual actions?”

Gwendolyn Brown, A Room of Her Own

“The human figure is absent in my work, emptying the painting of any distinct narrative or drama. Working with still life paintings has allowed me to examine how fabrics can show the way humans touch and handle materials in our daily routine actions. A pile of folded laundry, clothes in a closet, or an unmade bed; these all show marks of human absence. Images of familiar objects and materials often evoke memory and psychological responses that call our attention to what is overlooked. My hope is that my work creates a space of contemplation in which one can reflect on the ways that small details, like the fall of light on an object or the intricate formation of crinkled sheets, can transform the mundane.”

Gwendolyn Brown is an artist born and raised in Ellicottville, NY. She currently resides and works as an art consultant in Toronto, Canada. In 2018, Brown graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, where she received her BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice with a minor in Drawing and Painting. She honed her skills at OCAD University’s Florence Off-Campus Studies Program in 2017, where she lived and created work in Italy for a year. Exhibiting and curating both nationally and internationally, Brown’s work has been shown in Florence, Italy; Toronto, Canada and various cities in the United States.

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