ON NOW: Real Fake

 Paintings by Mary Lottridge

”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.” 

Mary is a graduate from Emily Carr University and UBC, and has had an active studio practise for over thirty years. See more of her work here.