If the interior space is a metaphor for the mind, Diane Feught’s visual statement yearns towards knowing.
About to show her recent miniature paintings in the exhibition Broken Spell at Headbones Gallery in Vernon, Feught has always searched for something deeper. Immersed in Buddhist teachings while growing up in Edmonton, she is now a busy graphic designer who also has an active painting practice.
“This is Diane Feught’s third solo exhibition with Headbones Gallery and the wait is sure to be worth it,” said Headbones owner Julie Oakes.
Feught’s turn to miniatures follows suit for the format that, Oakes says, comes from the Eastern world.
“Traditionally miniatures depicted scenes from religious stories but because of their portability, they were also used for portraiture and scenes from daily life, sometimes of a personal nature,” she said. “These may be little works, but visually they deliver a Goliath-like punch.”
Feught’s miniature gouache paintings on paper also reveal interior spaces, which Oakes says often have a figure and a swatch of wallpaper within the frame.
“Each of Feught’s paintings is set up as an interior. The figures are within a space, behind a mask, enclosed or boxed. The wallpaper is a substitute for the outside, the exterior. It is the objective reality that refers to the undisclosed subjective personality. It is Freudian, associative. It is the wallpaper that writhes or speaks to the estranged nature. It is in code, just understandable now, but with the potential for knowledge,” said Oakes.
Feught’s psychoanalytical visual approach to the human condition in painting is alluring as well as mystifying because she sets up her scenes with the trappings of beauty, like a film noire, added Oakes.
“These small, well-done paintings are powerful pulls towards consciousness.”
Headbones is holding an opening reception for Broken Spell, with Feught in attendance, Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery is located at 6700 Old Kamloops Rd. The exhibition continues to Oct. 25. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.