The Rotunda Gallery at City Hall in Kitchener presents new work by OCAD alumna Megan Sinnett.
You’ve seen the photos – blurred images of smiling children caught in a moment by the camera’s flash. Their immediate happiness belies the fact that they have gone missing. Their faces become the subject for “Missing,” the November exhibit at the Rotunda Gallery at city hall, by artist Megan Sinnett.
The exhibit ponders what it means to be “missing.” How can any living being simply vanish, and why haven't these children been located or identified? If these children are still alive and well -- for instance, those who have been abducted by a restraining parent -- do they even know that they are considered “missing”?
These portraits are immediate and unspecific, much like the aged and blurred photographs that they are based on. They are immediate in terms of process and creation, but also timeless in the way these reference images intend to keep some essence of these children alive.
Through the application of expressive bruststrokes, these faces lack crispness and detail, and sometimes drip into the under-painted background, slipping away. This void, both painterly and symbolic, reflects the array of unanswered questions that revolve around each of these cases. Sinnett wishes not to bring these portraits to life, but rather to portray these children as they are in these latent photos, where identity is strangely absent.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 9pm
An Exhibition Assistance Grant has graciously been provided by the Ontario Arts Council.
As a recent BFA graduate from OCAD University, this marks the first solo exhibition by Megan Sinnett. Her work has been exhibited in artist-run, commercial, and public galleries across Ontario, including the OCAD Gallery, Spin Gallery, Gallery 1313, and Xpace.