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Mary Pratt: The Still Life as Self Portrait (Illustrated talk by Dr. Koval)May 10, 2016
This talk will focus on Mary Pratt, who has been long known for her still life painting, but has rarely painted self-portraits. Dr. Koval notes that, on closer viewing, the surface of her still life painting is often reflective, arguably self-reflexive, an aspect of self-portraiture that has been overlooked in her work.
This talk also includes a close reading of Pratt’s journals housed in Mount Allison University Archives. Pratt willingly admits that, ‘Perhaps the only place I can be what I want to be is in my journals and my letters.’ This layering of word with image reveals a less conventional self-portrait of Pratt, and, is telling of her identity as a woman artist in Canada. While the recent retrospective Mary Pratt is a timely acknowledgement of the artist, this paper addresses the critical need to position her work within the wider context of still life painting, self-portraiture and feminist art history.
Dr. Koval’s talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mary Pratt: This Little Painting, on view until 22 May 2016.
All are welcome to attend, refreshments will be served.
For more information please contact Gallery Intern, Rachel Thornton at 506 536 2224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.