Bree Hyland is a Canadian artist based in Nova Scotia whose work addresses themes related to the feminine psyche. Exploring undervalued notions of intuition, emotion, mysticism, and domesticity, her work weaves together archetypal imagery, art historical motifs, and popular culture through the female gaze.
Her Impossibly Gentle Hands and Blood-Red Fingernails is Bree's first solo show after graduating from NSCAD in 2015. The paintings exhibit an ambivalent position while simultaneously casting a mood of unnerving innocence with an undercurrent of darkness. The images, like visual messages depict otherworldly figures, signs and symbols referencing myth, dreams, and the esoteric, while challenging assumptions regarding social constructs of femininity and patriarchy. The content of the work emerges from the artists inner vulnerabilities, full of frustration and turmoil regarding notions of female identity, social norms, oppression, sexuality, spirituality, the artificial and natural world.
The exhibition will run from November 4th to 26th at the Ice House Gallery. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception on Friday, November 4th at 7pm.