Artist Shari Pratt’s newest series “Attention” is an assemblage of mixed media figurative paintings which focuses on the relationship between the courageous portrayal of military men and what is concealed beneath the surface.
An exhibit of Pratt’s work will be on display at the Fort Gallery from Oct. 24 to Nov. 12.
Courage, for the men in Pratt’s pieces, meant going against their fear and anger to do that which was scary and tough to do, explained the artist.
All of the military men on all sides around the globe showed courage as they fought for their countries.
Pratt has chosen to place their portraits above several layers of found objects and warfare related memorabilia which are then carefully excavated and detached to reveal the meaning and truth below the surface.
With the artist having no war experience and no political message to convey, this series, while paying homage to Canada’s troops and to the precious lives that are lost during a conflict, is more focused on the profound courage that soldiers need to have and often need to portray.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday, at 9048 Glover Rd. Fort Langley. The gallery will be open on Monday, Nov. 12 in honour of Remembrance Day.
The public is invited to meet the artist during the opening reception, which will be held on Oct. 26, from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.