ALTEREYE WORKS: PHANTASM
For the month of December, be sure to visit AlterEgo's Café on Gottingen Street to see Phantasm, the new exhibition from Darcy Sedgwick as part of our AlterEye Café Works series. You're invited to attend the opening reception at AlterEgo's on Wednesday, December 6th from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. A reminder that all Eyelevel events and programming are masks required. Here is a link to our access notes.
This body of work explores fantasy and surrealism as a mode of perceiving memory and experience. Symbolism is a heavy theme in my work, most noticeably seen in natural elements and patterns in the backgrounds. There are also references to European history to convey the relevance of the past to the future, connecting back to the theme of memory, whether it be your own or intergenerational. I overlay repetitive patterns and decorations to help create texture and depth. I am interested in the complexity of using cartoonish figures and vivid colours to portray heavier themes and how this affects the perception of my work.
My name is Darcy Sedgwick and my work focuses on figurative illustration where I work digitally and traditionally. I tend to use watercolour and acrylic ink when working traditionally and enjoy experimenting with the unpredictability of these mediums, especially in creating backgrounds. I often overlay pencil crayon to create pattern, decoration and texture. The illustrative look of my work and vibrant colour palettes is something I have developed over the years, inspired by graphic novels and cartoons from childhood.
[ID: on an infographic with a black background, a cropped image of Darcy's work - an illustration of a person wearing a turquoise bathing suit floating and holding onto a light blue stuffed bunny. The background is green at the top and turquoise at the bottom with some vegetation picking from below - sits inside a thin red frame. Above the image are the words (in white) AlterEye Cafe Works Presents... (in italics large red text) Phantasm (in large white text) Darcy Sedgwick. To the right of the image are the exhibition dates and opening reception dates and times. The Eyelevel logo in white is at the bottom right corner.]