NICHOLS GALLERY

2022

Helen O'Toole

WHAT WAS:unmarked

March 4 - May 30, 2022

Curated by Ray/Lane

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Her paintings probe this covert mess of darkness and trauma, implicating the inner lives of her ancestors and their sense of place. She alludes to an otherwise cloaked connection to a darker past that persists. The burnt-out big houses, the remains of famine cottages, and the limestone walls surrounding stony green fields are expressions of the stories told, marking out what’s mine and what’s yours. Land markers and erasures divulge the stains and concealment of past histories in What Was: unmarked.

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SPONSORS:

The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Town of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Browne’s Home Center, Anonymous, Printonyx and Harbor Rentals.