Artist’s journey, past and present, on display

Where We Were and Are, a series of fictional landscape paintings done by White Rock artist Zoe Pawlak will be on display from Jan. 9 to 27 at the Fort Gallery in Fort Langley.

The paintings are emotive passages of land and sky, derived from memory and invention.

The title refers to the act of remembering and the notion that imagination plays an integral role in how people situate themselves in the present according to the places they have been.

“The viewer can encounter what seems to be a familiar place although there are no direct clues in the paintings as to where they are actually situated,” said Pawlak. “Where We Were and Are challenges our quick attempts to catalogue, name and date associations related to place and instead encourages the viewer to enter the ambiguous climates of new regions of imaginary space.

“Paradoxically, in encountering the unknown and the familiar, personal reminiscence is evoked.  The paintings become the means of travel. Memory becomes the territory to be re-discovered.” The Fort Gallery is a community-based, nonprofit, artists collective which encourages and supports individual development and exploration in contemporary art. The Fort Gallery is located at 9048 Glover Rd. and is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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