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Closure by Shay Ritchie // Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art



Tue, Jun 8th, 2021 to Sat, Jun 12th, 2021


11:00 am to 6:00 pm


On view in the Members’ Gallery is a series of paintings by Shay Ritchie in an exhibition titled 'Closure'.

Over the last year Ritchie has faced the loss of a career, friendships and relationships. In Closure Ritchie has taken the process of mourning and translated it into twenty paintings that have allowed her to experience, process and contemplate the emotions encompassed by grief. She spent many months documenting how she felt with photos, notes and songs. Keeping a journal with her in hopes she would create something positive out of all the negativity she endured.

The darkness that surrounds loss can be all consuming, so instead of darkness she chose to express the process in an explosion of vibrancy. Shay Ritchie’s abstract paintings portray the five stages of grief through colour and vivid mark making. Each colour represents a different stage of grieving; denial (purple), anger (red), bargaining (green), depression (blue) and acceptance (yellow). The titles of each piece are excerpts of conversations creating a narrative for the work that can be read from top to bottom.


Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art

421 Cawston Ave, Unit 103, Kelowna


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