Draped in a pink shawl she tells me of thrift store linen collections and lost childhoods. Oil paintings, created while listening to jazz and female sung Canadian folk, are given an open-ended narrative on canvas. Darlene Cole pays attention to these details, leaving her work open to interpretation for each respective viewer, and visualizing the choreography in which her work will be viewed while on display. The imagery of her work – created in an old century house that came with country craft wallpaper- changes by the season, and is inspired by the grainy sound of old records, “It’s kind of like Pre-Raphaelite meets Echo and the Bunnymen,” she says.
This is Darlene’s second time round with OshawaSpaceInvaders – though she is no stranger to the Oshawa art world, having worked as a coordinator at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Now her work is shown at the Bau-XI galleries in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as Foster/White in Seattle, and Quebec’s Galerie de Bellefeuille.
With work titled short and sweetly, like Amour (fawn) and Story Heart (with desire) belonging to collections bearing names like, velvet carousel and in blush time, it is interesting to note the artist’s inspiration taken from Neil Postman’s Disappearance of Childhood.
Check out Darlene's work this week at OSI space #4 at 32 King St. East.