Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Virginia Mak.
“Of One’s Own” consists of interior portraits where the woman is engaged at a quiet act, or looking at the world outside. It also describes the physical setting wherein a woman frees her mind from clutter, finding time and space to ignite her imagination. Or, it is a setting for longings of love, loss or adventure.
Her gaze is at once outward and inward. Her gaze outward may allude to her longing for somewhere distant, external to her physical surroundings. Her gaze within may be her reach for her inner landscape. The external world -- natural or manmade – encompasses a grander picture of life. The woman’s interior world may also imply her station, one of domesticity.
Unlike a door, a window is a partial opening. The moment of looking through the window may be one of reflection, curiosity, excitement of the moment itself, or anticipating what lies ahead. It may also serve as a metaphor for an opening into another plane. Such a moment may be an antecedent or a recurring process for which women creates or excels in her art.
Mak was born in Hong Kong. After graduating with a Philosophy Degree from the University of Calgary, she went onto study photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has received project and exhibition assistance grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Mak’s photos may be found in many private collections througout North America.