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Girl with Hand Mirror #1, 1996

64 in. x 50 in., oil on canvas
(from the The Dreamer series)

The Dreamer series, the initial portion of which was titled Josephine, reworks the Old Testament story of Joseph and the coat of many colours. It turned into a 6 year project with 2 major exhibitions in 1993 and 1996, both in Montreal. I used The Book of J. written by David Rosenberg and Harold Blume, who claimed that the Old Testament was written by a woman, who was a court writer of the time. The stories are cleansed of the Bible's moralizing, with god no longer a judgmental figure, but a hero of sorts, who sometimes makes good decisions and sometimes bad. I was drawn to this book's version of the story of Joseph because of the profound emotional turmoil in the sequence of events. The story of Joseph, complete with sibling rivalry, false identity, separation and reconciliation. Inspired by the writers I changed the gender of the hero from Joseph to Josephine, who I then associated with myself, my daughter, the artist, the dreamer.

This painting was exhibited at the Galerie de Bellefeuille and is featured in the accompanying exhibition catalogue.