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“Lillian Boland,” 2014, oil on copper panel is a work by Charlottetown painter, Heather Millar from her new exhibition “Second Chances,” which opens this weekend at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown. almost seven years ago and opened a clothing store on Queen Street in Downtown Charlottetown. Originally trained at Alberta College of Art and Design, where she majored in glassblowing, she has turned increasingly to painting, showing at the Gallery at the Guild, Details Past and Present Art Gallery, and receiving a commission from the City of Charlottetown in 2014.
“Second Chances” is a personal body of work that shows off Millar’s technical ability, but also her passion for the subject matter. Painted on copper, which the artist describes as “the least valued (metal) for currency,” the images in this series are derived from prison mug shots of women in 1920s Australia. All served time at the State Reformatory for Women in Long Bay, New South Wales.
An apparently odd subject for this Canadian artist, but the artist recalls being immediately fascinated with the pictures.
“I could read their lives up to date in their eyes, in their faces,” recalls Millar.
The result is a series of works that, through Millar’s painstaking brushstrokes, are meant to be redemptive.
“Millar clearly feels a bond with these women, identifies with them, and it comes out in these powerful paintings,” says exhibition curator, Pan Wendt.