Burrows Trails Arts Council - My House as a Life: Outer/Inner Journeys by Jane Gateson

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Time: 12:00 pm - 04:30 pm

McCreary & District Library Exhibitions
606 Burrows Rd
McCreary, Manitoba R0J 1B0

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Burrows Trails Arts Council


Both buildings and people have an exterior that the entire world can see and an interior that may be entirely different from the street view! Thinking about this universal theme resulted in my painting 10 diptychs (acrylic on canvas) called My House as a Life: Outer/Inner Journeys. These paintings are autobiographical, a story from birth to death, with parallel exterior and interior views.

Outer Journey: the whimsical and allegorical story of a little house as it grows up and, with joy and sorrow, moves from birth (sunrise) through life (mid day) to death (sunset). These paintings include trees, houses and buildings, all as symbols for people, places, and the awakening of my own identity and spirituality.

Inner Journey: the matching 10 abstract paintings (each hung directly below their corresponding outer journey piece) represent my interior life during the corresponding time periods. They are the result of stream of consciousness work I did as I returned to spend time at each of the 8 homes I have lived in during my life.

This body of work offers the viewer an opportunity to consider questions about the passage of time and the gifts and challenges that each life stage brings. My intention is that the visual language of this art, both representative and abstract, will help us recognize, accept and appreciate the season of life we are in and see it in the context of our whole life journey.

This series has been shown at the Mennonite Heritage Gallery in Winnipeg, the Wasagaming Gallery in Clear Lake and the Portage and District Arts Centre in Portage LaPrairie. Viewer's comments reflect appreciation both for the link between the inner and outer journey and the use of colour.