February 3 – 19, 2023
Xchanges Gallery is thrilled to announce the opening on February 3, 2023 of Regan Rasmussen’s solo exhibition, safety within.
When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Rasmussen turned inward to process the overwhelming situation. As she worked in solitude in the studio, questions arose: How do we deal with adversity both physically and spiritually? And, as a community, how do we collectively support each other?
Works in this exhibition are informed by time spent in the studio over months of social distancing and isolation due to the global pandemic. Since the onset of the pandemic there has been time for turning inward. Time for sanctuary and quiet, darkness and melancholy, and renewed gratitude for people whose support makes a positive difference. Although the worst of the pandemic appears to be over, feelings of trepidation continually surface.
“It’s been said that adversity introduces us to ourselves,” notes the artist. Safety within is a site-specific installation contemplating how individuals and communities seek sanctuary during times of adversity. The viewer is invited to become immersed in a meditative space created by layers of translucent drawings to reflect, take pause, and connect to their own experience.
About the Artist
Regan Rasmussen is an interdisciplinary artist whose studio practice is informed by the phenomenology of living experience and human interactions. She holds a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from University of Manitoba, B.Ed. from University of Saskatchewan, and an MEd in arts-based research from the University of Victoria.
For more information, please visit the artist page.
Opening night is on Friday, February 3 from 5 pm – 7 pm and there will be an artist talk on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 2:30 pm.
Xchanges gratefully acknowledges the support of the Province of British Columbia and the Capital Regional District for our gallery programs.