Thursday May 18 – Saturday June 10
Reception: Saturday, May 20th, 6-9 pm
(Rollinsford, NH) The Front Space is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works on canvas and glass by Stephanie Todhunter. Neon pinks, blues and yellows; lace-like patterns, stickers, metallic leaf, wax, ripped paper and sharpies embellish a band of lost girls. Through these deeply mysterious mixed media works, Todhunter remarks on the unique “latchkey kid” experience with sensitivity.
In lost girls, Todhunter explores the predominant dichotomies of identity among “generation x” children; described as one of the least nurtured generations in recent U.S. History. Otherwise known as “latchkey kids”, the youth of this generation grew up in the late 70s and early 80s, and were both self reliant, and subject to the vagaries of the adults around them. With Todhunter’s dynamic and layered approach to portraiture, she simultaneously addresses individuality and homogeneity; invisibility and vulnerability.
Todhunter’s interdisciplinary process begins with sculpture, proceeds to macro-photography, and then collage. The blurred features of her plaster subjects reference the ethereality of a transient youth, while her purposeful choices regarding color, name, and background setting, acknowledge each child’s individuality. Through the processes of covering and deconstructing, Todhunter defines her subjects, shields them, and gives them voice. The resulting portraits shimmer and sink in their definition of a generation; they are as playful as they are disquieting.
The Front Space is a flexible contemporary art space, dedicated to sharing fresh ideas that push the boundaries of media and expression. We serve our local Seacoast communities and beyond. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
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