Underneath It All

July 2024

A duo show featuring the painting of Emily Pope and sculptures by Donna Zekas.

The title Underneath It All highlights introspection as a key theme. The show focuses on the artistic process and production as a medium of introspection and discovery, particularly on the subject of individuality and the self. Underneath It All intends to provoke consideration in the viewer with questions on the relationship between the individual and their sense of self; particularly our sense of meaning and anonymity. How important is our individuality? What could we gain from letting go of the individual?

This show explores the discovery and introspection of the individual, through artistic production. How artistic production, as an artist and a viewer, allows us to discover (or let go) of ourselves.

Art can help us understand how we fit into the world, in a time where we are constantly questioning our past, present, and future.

Emily Pope’s work tackles the individual; through artistic production she grapples with ideas meaning and our place in the world, through a distinctly female lens. Emily Pope’s work tackles the individual; through artistic production she grapples with ideas, meaning and our place in the world, through a distinctly female lens. She is approaching the void and our understanding of meaning in relation to the anxieties of life; and life in a world where “man is the sole master.” Pope is inspired by Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus and explores our relationship with hope, individualism, and femininity. Donna Zekas tackles the individual and concepts of anonymity & creation in her sculpture. Through her artistic process she deals with time and the creation of the person. The creation of the self is a lifelong process and entirely unique to the individual, similar to Donna Zekas’ process which is never entirely the same for each piece. Despite that, each sculpture has a distinct person-ness, and yet there is nothing to indicate an individual life, character or story. The individual can get lost in the unnamed nature of her figures.

The exhibition space is inspired by the sculpture garden of the Rodin Museum in Paris; featuring plants from Lockyers and meant to create joy and comfort in a gallery space, which is often seen as stoic and uninviting. 

The space will also include works by other Canadian and County artists, such as Noella Noel and Callum Kieth Rennie. 

Dates
July 2024

Opening: July 13, 4-6:30pm

206 Main Street, Picton, Ontario

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

Donna Zekas

 

Emily Pope