February 12-23, 2018
This series of 10 ink drawings was made during the Spring of 2017, shortly after the 2016 American elections which saturated the news and late night TV, even here in Canada. Our assignment for a drawing class was to react to a current issue and the chaos and disgust that followed Trump seemed to overshadow all else. The title, Identify, refers to the symbolism and iconography attached to groups, movements, and ideals that feed prejudice and instant contempt for beliefs other than your own. It comes from watching popular culture spiral into hatred for people they don't even know. Snap judgements are made by what people choose to associate with, without consideration of the individual or their motivations for making those choices. A simple thing as an everyday garment, a hat, can speak volumes as to what you identify with. Instead of casting my own opinions, I chose to illustrate a series of hats that can currently be found for sale and carry with them them different weights of association on their own. Removing the individual beneath the headware was a concious decision, showing how strong reactions and emotions can be to inanimate objects.
Rebecca Haverluck is a Winnipeg artist, born and raised on the prairies. She is currently in studies at the University of Manitoba completing a Fine Arts degree at the School of Art and is a small business owner of Art Soap Life. Mainly working in oil paints and ink, her paintings and drawings often find inspiration from organic forms like microscopic cellular slides, plants or everyday objects and they become abstractions or personal impressions to visually communicate the artist’s own experiences. Rebecca experiments with colour and media to elicit a reaction from the viewer using recognizable forms, patterns or symbols and seeks ways to relate to the world around her.