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Gases, Growths and Glitter by Elle Stanley

Museum Painting Science & technology Visual arts
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FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton

Milton, ON




Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


"My current artwork moved in two directions as I began to paint my series. At first, I was fascinated with microscopic cellular cancer images and growths inside the body, but as I continued, the growths inside the body moved outside and became part of the atmosphere. I started to explore toxic gases as they travelled like cancer through the air.

I was surprised at the beauty, colour and form of cells, and the gases as I studied them.

I began to think that beauty found in awful things could perhaps draw more attention to their inherent threats. I found that beauty can be found in the ugly and the damaged. I enhanced this beauty with glitter, but discovered another threat as it does not break down in the environment, this may be my last use of this material. I used a popular art technique (pouring) and paired it with physical manipulation of the canvas. It was messy, unpredictable, and glorious.

I dedicate this series to all those affected by cancer. I'm pretty sure that's all of us.

10% of all sales will go to cancer research. "



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Arts Milton is a not-for-profit organization that connects artists of all genres and levels of experience with the greater Milton community, in the spirit of facilitating creative expression and cultural enrichment. Membership is free and Arts Milton offers, artist networking events, The Friendship Project for newcomers, a Summer Days performance series and Culture Days activities.


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