The artistic career of Mary Rawlyk is multifold. Of interest for the exhibition, Unpaid Labour, is her practice as a printmaker from the 1970 to the 1990s when she explored themes of domesticity. The work focuses on women’s contribution to the family in the form of unpaid and unrecognised labour. Her prints were produced in a domestic environment where the family was priority. Of course, family obligation took precedence over her urge to create, and the necessary compromises were not always welcome.
The prints presented in Unpaid Labour highlights the isolation of the domestic work place. Interestingly, while the prints are from more than twenty years ago, still today, domestic work is taken for granted as the obligation for women. Mary Rawlyk used different printmaking techniques: soft ground etching, relief and screen printing, off-set, and photographic heat transfer processes. Apron, iron, sewing machine and interiors are used to represent Unpaid Labour.
Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Denis Longchamps
Image: Mary Rawlyk, Sewing, 1975.
WHEN: April 4 – May 26, 2015; Reception: Sunday April 26, 2-4 pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON
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