MARJOLYN VAN DER HART | VACATIONLAND

When:
June 10, 2017 – July 4, 2017 all-day
2017-06-10T00:00:00-04:00
2017-07-05T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
WALL SPACE Gallery
358 Richmond Rd
Ottawa, ON K2A 0E1
Canada
Cost:
Free
Contact:
WALL SPACE Gallery
(613) 729-0003

Take-the-Plunge_48x36MARJOLYN VAN DER HART | VACATIONLAND 

Opening Night: Saturday, June 10th 3-5 pm

As Canada celebrates its 150th year, Marjolyn van der Hart’s VACATIONLAND explores memory and its relationship to personal and national identities. The Canada found in vintage postcards and advertising is a land of vast wilderness and escape. Van der Hart delves into the role of this midcentury history, personal memories, and nostalgia in shaping a lasting image of Canada. Themes of self-empowerment, balancing work and family and the desire to escape the demands we face as men and women permeate her most recent series’. The personal generates the public while, simultaneously public imagery has the power to evoke personal experiences, or an imagined past. This period was the beginning of our modern identity and brings up memories (or perceptions) of #Canada150.

Marjolyn van der Hart holds a BFA from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida, a BA in Mass Communications from Carleton University with a focus on cultural studies and semiotics, and has studied through the New York Studio Residency Program affiliated with the Parson’s School of Art. Focusing on Feminist art and art made by women, van der Hart studied artists that challenged mainstream ideas of female identity and image. These included Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger, who inspired her desire to raise awareness of identity and perception of the female role in our culture.

Van der Hart lives and works in Toronto and travels extensively to show her work throughout the United States, where she has won numerous awards.