Sima Elizabeth Shefrin, Darian Goldin Stahl and Gerry Yaum
August 31 – September 2, 2017
Opening Reception: : Thursday, August 3, 6 – 9pm
Walkthrough tour: Thursday August 17, 12:05 – 12:45pm
The creative process is a healer. Healing Process brings together three artists who each use their artistic practice to explore the illnesses of their loved ones, to shed light on treatment, pain and tragedy, and reconcile their own emotions and understanding of their experiences.
Social documentary photographer Gerry Yaum seeks to tell the stories of forgotten and marginalised people. His deeply personal series My Father’s Last Days documents the final 13 months of his father’s battle with pancreatic cancer. Through a series of poignant black and white portraits, Yaum attempts to understand and capture his father’s struggle and create a memorial to him.
British Columbia-based artist Sima Elizabeth Shefrin’s innovative series the Embroidered Cancer Comic chronicles her journey with her husband following his diagnosis prostate cancer diagnosis. The embroidered-fabric pieces focus on the couple’s day-to-day and life changing events as they acquiesce and experience the unexpected impacts of cancer treatment.
Darian Goldin Stahl’s intriguing installation, MRI IN USE includes a series of life-sized suspended hospital gown prints. These transparent forms seemingly hover between the gallery space and the viewer. The print-based installation emerged from an ongoing collaboration between the artist and her sister — a clinical bioethicist diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Stahl’s work offers a glimpse into the experience of navigating a medical diagnosis and living with chronic illness.