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Intrusive Thoughts: Self-Portraits by Riisa Gundesen
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Feb 12, 2019
Mar 16, 2019


9 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4

Intrusive Thoughts: Self-Portraits by Riisa Gundesen

Presented By: gallery gachet


Intrusive Thoughts is a solo exhibition featuring self-portraits by Riisa Gundesen. This exhibition explores feminine representation, the abject, and mental health. In the context of Riisa's work, the abject denies the viewer the anticipated pleasure of looking at the feminine body by showing mental and bodily functions that are often hidden or repressed. Riisa illustrates compulsive scratching, picking, and over-grooming in her self-portraits through the use of texture, paint, and ambiguous figures. At the same time, she uses rich and energetic paint colours to draw the audience into her paintings and evoke feelings of intrigue, alarm, and empathy. Together, Intrusive Thoughts investigates the possibilities of the abject as a metaphor for lived experience with anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and depression.

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