Lets’s Face It: a solo exhibition by Gretchen Jeens
September 1 @ 9:00 am - October 1 @ 4:00 pm
During this unprecedented period of a pandemic and mask wearing, we are learning to understand thought processes through the pupil of the eye. But reading people’s emotions is done quite easily through facial expression. We can tell how a person is feeling because our own facial muscles respond in the same physical way to feelings such as anger or fear, rendering these responses universal. We know a person is angry as the lips purse and vertical lines appear as a frown between the eyes. We know a person is fearful when the eyes open widely exposing much more of the white of the eye and perhaps the mouth opens into a circle. But we are unable to determine what is causing an emotional facial expression just through an image of that reaction. It is in that discourse, and without giving a title to any of these paintings, that I invite you to decide what each face is expressing and perhaps what could be giving rise to each of the facial expressions in this exhibit.With the use of line and a splash of colour, I hope to capture the emotion in the faces of these women in a whimsical and playful way.
Exhibition: All paintings are 6″ x 9″ and are $50 each.
To view 21 of the works CLICK HERE. To view all 100 works come to the Ruth Upjohn Gallery Monday to Thursday 9 am to 4 pm and on Saturday, September 26 from 10 am to 4 pm.