Her Domain

Jewell Goodwyn, Leesa Streifler

January 16 - February 13, 2010

Her Domain

New works by Jewell Goodwyn and Leesa Streifler in the Gallery II Main Space.

Jewell Goodwyn and Leesa Streifler explore what it means to be female in the 21st century. They do this by mining domestic realities through a feminist lens. The two artists met in 1990 when Jewell was a graduate student at the University of Regina. Leesa was her advisor. Jewell and Leesa have kept in contact ever since and this is their first show together.

Jewell Goodwyn lives in London, Ontario and is the founding Executive Director of Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO); as well as a founding member of other art service organizations and coalitions provincially and nationally. Employing humour and wit, Goodwyn implores the use of advertising and mass media to create conceptually based installations, and signs to critically reflect upon issues dealing with identity, gender and the human condition.

Leesa Streifler lives in Regina, Saskatchewan and is a Professor of Visual Art at the University of Regina.  She holds an MFA from Hunter College in New York. She is the recipient of numerous grants and her work has been exhibited widely. Her practice focuses on the impact of contemporary social norms on the physiological and psychological health of women.  Body image, illness, mental health, aging, mothering and family dynamics have been examined in her recent work.

The work in this exhibition began when Leesa inherited her mother-in-law, Rose Bell's, recipe cards. She then wrote and drew over the cards and photographed and enlarged the images. The work reflects on the role of mother and nurturer, both of previous generations as well as today.  The fulfilment of nurturing as well as the xpectations and frustrations of domestic life are the subject matter of this work.  

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