Sensuous and richly textured, the mixed-media paintings of New Zealand–born Vancouver artist and poet Gabryel Harrison, exhibited at the Winsor Gallery from Thursday (November 4) to November 27, beg to be touched. In eight of the 16 pieces on display, Harrison had her poetry translated into Braille, which she then applied to panels and covered with gold leaf, giving the work added meaning hidden in plain view. For her piece Spill 1 (Agamemnon Channel) (seen above), Harrison applied gold leaf and bitumen to a marine chart, sounding a message as clear as a scream. A video piece and a sound sculpture round out the exhibition, which also features the artist’s deep-hued floral oil paintings.
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