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Marie Finkelstein – Transitions: From Dark to Light
September 29, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - October 10, 2021 @ 5:00 amFree
The exhibition Transitions: From Dark to Light reflects my personal transition as I come to terms with loss and learn to embrace happiness and beauty once more.
Diary, a group of self-portraits, and the Christie Beach landscapes express my grief both in subject and palette – canvases of grey loneliness and desolation. They give way to the New Life paintings which gently explore the fragility of new life and the birth of hope. Finally, brilliance and colour return to my world in the paintings of the sea, sand and palms of Palm Beach, the flowers and foliage of Barbara’s Magic Garden, and the whimsical joy of Ty Dreaming. The last 3 series continue my interest in the play of light in my painting practice. I am learning too that just as shadow throws bright objects into relief, sorrow heightens the joys of life.
With the benefit of time and perspective, I see my personal transition from dark to light mirrored by the Covid crisis. I, like so many others, have struggled to emerge from fear and isolation, daring to hope for a return to the brightness of a world we once knew.
The exhibition appears at Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto.