Private View: Saturday 31st of October 2009 – 7 pm to 11 pm
Sunday 1st November 2009 – 2pm to 5pm
Exhibition runs from: Friday 30th to Thursday 5th of November 2009
Gallery Opening Hours: Fri, Sat, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs: 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Last day of Exhibition: Thurs 5th of November: 11.00am to 5.00pm
“Citrus are composed of various fruits joined to form an apparently simple fruit.”
– pg.346, Healthy Foods by George D. Pamplona-Roger, MD
In the same way that a citrus fruit is a collection of smaller fruits storing a cocktail of nutrients, a simple painting can harbour a rich narrative. This is the basis of LaRocque’s second exhibition; to display a selection of works that are distinctly feminine in tone, Afro-Caribbean in perspective, yet universal in spirit.
Her paintings are long stories made short, conveying the action and the moral. They focus on the serious, humorous, fickle and conscientious. They draw the viewer into the scene inviting them to relate to the experience and evaluate their own characters. After absorbing the scene, the viewer is left with two choices; to walk away or continue the dialogue in their own lives.
Citrus fruits will develop, growing mature to over-mature, while still on the tree. Once they are separated from the tree, they will not increase in sweetness or continue to ripen. The only change after being picked is to decay…
Melanie “Shay” LaRocque was born and raised in London to Trinidadian parents. She is a self-taught Artist & Designer based in the UK and the Caribbean. You can view her works and read more about her inspirations at the following websites.
Flickr album: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaygondesigns/