A graduate of NSCAD (1975) and UBC (1981), Julie Duschenes teaches visual art at the University of Lethbridge. The painting series Stories That Own Me (1996-2000) portrays the artist and her partner in domestic situations reminiscent of paintings by the 17th-century Dutch master, Jan Vermeer. Within the paintings appear texts recounting government acts that have affected Duschenes’ life: the Persons Case, refugee internment camps, and legislation concerning homosexual rights. Duschenes’ vivid self-portraits situate lesbian citizens and spouses within the purview of artistic and legislative canons.
On Sunday, March 11, Julie Duschenes gave a presentation elaborating on the Stories and her current work.