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Saskatoon-based artist Michèle Mackasey has created a new body of work that puts the spotlight on single mothers. These portraits of local families capture the bond between mothers and their children, and point to the complex family dynamics arising when the father is literally out of the picture. In Mackasey’s life-size paintings, the artist imbues her subjects with the dignity and status associated for centuries with portrait painting. Yet these portraits depict families who continue to live on the margins, facing prejudice and economic hardship as the mothers balance the roles of sole provider and caregiver.


Sandra Fraser, Curator, Remai Art Gallery

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