Visual artist Suzanne O’Callaghan is presenting an exhibition of new work at The Gallery at The Guild in July. The show, called ‘The Things That We Miss’, features a series of large acrylic paintings borrowed from the artist’s memories, those of friends on the Island, across Canada and beyond. Since last autumn the artist has been collecting reminiscences and musings and then, as common threads became apparent, documenting them in paint.
Created in the last year, the works deal with a cross-section of things missed. From childhood to the beginnings of independence as teens (as in “Memory of a Girl”), the evolving nature of sexuality, loved and lost places, ageing and, most of all, change, the exhibition strives to draw familiar lines between the transitions and vicissitudes of life.
Painted in the ardent palette the artist has been working with for the last eight years, Miss O’Callaghan’s expressionism-influenced style has been reinterpreted in many of the paintings in what the artist describes as “an allowance for the impression of visual and emotional distance that time imbues”.
‘The Things That We Miss’ is at the Gallery at The Guild from July 5 (the artist’s birthday) – 25. The Guild is located at the corner of Richmond and Queen Streets and is open daily. Throughout the exhibition the artist will be painting in the gallery. Times and days can be found on Facebook and Twitter.