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Into the Depths by Alix Gowan

January 2, 2018 - February 28, 2018

Into the Depths - Artwork by Alix Gowan

Art Talk on Sunday February 25th – Reception 1 to 3 p.m. – Talk at 1:30 p.m. 
Artist Alix Gowan of Swift Current and Saskatoon will be speaking about her work and her concerns for mental health.
Admission is Free.

Mental health affects us all in many ways, whether through direct experience or through the involvement of those around us. Swift Current artist, Alix Gowan, was inspired to create a collection of soft pastel drawings on paper to examine the narratives of mental health from her own life experience. Her identity and personal growth are reflected in this work through a small, recurring character who appears in these images. This character represents the overwhelming feeling of being vulnerable in a chaotic world. The artist believes that this is a feeling many people relate to and in addressing it, she hopes to help break the stigma around mental illness.

These images depict natural environments which symbolize a sense of unfamiliarity to the artist. The areas represented in these paintings hold dual meanings for most people. They can be interpreted as either an obstacle or a sanctuary. The creatures which are rendered to inhabit these places can be similarly viewed as either a threat or a comfort. The artist distorts proportion within each composition to describe the tumultuous emotions that mental illness can involve. Isolation and obsession are themes that repeat throughout these drawings of varying scales. In evoking a sense of insignificance within vast surroundings, the artist reminds us of our own struggles and encourages viewers to open up to a discussion about mental wellbeing.

Alix Gowan was raised in Swift Current. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan in 2017. She currently works as an Arts Educator at the Remai Modern Art Gallery in Saskatoon.

Extension exhibitions at the Lyric Theatre are showing during Lyric events.


January 2, 2018
February 28, 2018
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Lyric Theatre
227 Central Avenue North
Swift Current, SK
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