In Search of Comfort: Exploring Validation

In Search of Comfort: Exploring Validation
Lilyana Doyle
July 27-30, 2022

Satellite Project Space
121 Dundas St
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday 2-7pm, Saturday 12-5pm

Meet the Artist: July 30, 6-10pm

Artist Statement:
This body of work was developed from moments where I found myself struggling as an artist and individual, looking to present visual expressions of this pain. Upon reflection, I recognized that viewing my lived experiences in an art form validated the emotional upheaval that I had experienced.
Why do we seek validation? As human beings it is our natural instinct to search for external approval. The absence of approval has the potential to change the expected momentum of a passing thought, or it can stall the creative process and become invalid. Either has the opportunity to create chaos.
We are constantly looking for a sense of place in a time of uncertainty. This interpreted acceptance gives order and reason to a searching mind, where the need to belong and be a part of something exceeds all logic. The real validation we are looking for is within ourselves, giving us a space to be vulnerable, share our stories and make real connections.
My work attempts to provide a discernible medium to have an open conversation about valid lived experiences, where the viewer can identify themselves and their stories, and find acceptance through an expression of shared experiences.

Website: stonedawakenings.com

Gaslighter extinguished; escaping the black hole, 2018
Acrylic, oil, graphite, paper on wood
24″ x 30″
Efflorescence, 2021
Cone 6 Stoneware, underglaze, glaze
16″ x 18″ x 9″