Mary Lottridge: Real Fake
Paintings by Mary Lottridge
We're thrilled to present REAL FAKE - a series of paintings by the kind & genuine, Mary Lottridge. A graduate from Emily Carr & UBC, Mary currently lives on Pender Island & has had an active studio practice for over 30 years. Her work is just so damn good; vibrant, modern realism with nostalgic subjects - antiques that you may have seen in your mother's china cabinet, tin toys, and relics of a simpler time.
”We hear the word fake used a lot right now, and I thought it would be interesting to paint things that are clearly fake, and to explore the idea of painting a copy of a copy of a copy, etc. At what point does the process of reproduction render the image inauthentic?
"'Fake' is defined as ‘a piece of manipulation, a dodge’, and I think of all the things that are ‘tricked up’ to look like something they aren’t; polyesters that masquerade as snake skin, plastic discs that refract light in such a way to look like sparkly gems…our bedazzled world seduces us with the illusion of glamour and plenty, but often there is no substance under the shine.
"Our world seduces us with the illusion of glamour, but often there is no substance under the shine. I would like to be clear though – I am not shaking my finger disapprovingly at this – I too revel in all the gaudy splendour.”