review: Patrick John Mills Group Exhibition


Countering Chaos: Lorena Ziraldo “Kills” with Emotion
Delicate, sophisticated, penetrating: these three adjectives accurately describe the work of Ottawa-based artist Lorena Ziraldo. Many of the works featured in “I Killed the Group of Seven” attack the exhibition’s theme head on and in a very literal, “in your face” manner. Ziraldo, on the other hand, tackles the theme with quiet technical sophistication. Her prime focus is on brushwork and colour placement. The result is a tender and thoughtful works of art that touch and inspire its viewers. 

Ziraldo is inspired by people. She watches them, takes photographs, reads magazines and newspapers, and chooses the images that have the greatest emotional impact. She combines this inspiration with the formal and technical qualities one sees present in her paintings. In this sense, her paintings often tell a quiet and unassuming story rooted in human emotion... .In fact, when she prepares a scene to paint she will often stage it herself. “[I] will place people, [will] want them to wear certain items, ask for emotions, subtle shifts of their bodies, etc.

 She believes that the artist’s role in society is "to document, comment on, and explore the world around her. Whether [the artist uses] film or found garbage – we are all saying something about who we are, what is going on, and what it is to be.”.....

Ziraldo’s works balance the chaos and blatantly murderous themes represented by many of the other works in the show. Ziraldo successfully “kills” the Group of Seven by attending to emotional impact rather than the landscape........

In a world preoccupied with a consumerist and political agenda, it is refreshing to find an artist who takes genuine pleasure in human emotions. It is a further pleasure to witness an artist that renders such emotion with enough elegance and sophistication to tenderly stir her audience.

Publié par Victoria Nolte


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