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Julie Duschenes: Stories That Own Me
3 Mar 2001 – 11 Apr 2001
Julie Duschenes. Story #3 1998-2000. Oil on canvas, 150 x 129 cm.
A graduate of NSCAD (1975) and UBC (1981), Julie Duschenes teaches visual art at the University of Lethbridge. The painting series Stories That Own Me (1996-2000) portrays the artist and her partner in domestic situations reminiscent of paintings by the 17th-century Dutch master, Jan Vermeer. Within the paintings appear texts recounting government acts that have affected Duschenes' life: the Persons Case, refugee internment camps, and legislation concerning homosexual rights. Duschenes' vivid self-portraits situate lesbian citizens and spouses within the purview of artistic and legislative canons.
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