NSCAD Graduation Catalogue

2016

Jessica Gay

BFA Interdisciplinary

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Bea
This painting comes from a narrative series of paintings called “Bea”. It follows the relationship between a timid, conservative young woman and her imaginary friend, a lioness. Throughout the story the lioness tackles a variety of everyday challenges that, while simple, demand a certain kind of self-assurance. She acts out a vision of assertiveness the woman yearns to possess in her day to day life.
In this painting Bea the lioness has just locked eyes on the woman’s love interest, and her face is lit up in a nearly human expression of joy just before she bounds over to him.

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This painting comes from a narrative series of paintings called “Bea”. It follows the relationship between a timid, conservative young woman and her imaginary friend, a lioness. Throughout the story the lioness tackles a variety of everyday challenges that, while simple, demand a certain kind of self-assurance. She acts out a vision of assertiveness the woman yearns to possess in her day to day life.
In this painting the woman is expressing her feelings of inadequacy to Bea the lioness, who listens as patiently as an imaginary friend should. The colours are bright and the style a bit cartoonish to keep it feeling whimsical.

Images courtesy of Anna Leonowens Gallery, photographer Erica Flake

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