Jane Forrest

Grade 11 at Etobicoke School of the Arts | Toronto, Ontario

Multiple portrait paintings

"Safety Series"

 

Painting of scene with students

"Building a Home"

 

Safety Series and Building a Home

Safety Series - This series is an embodiment of breakthroughs. Each portrait is of a young female artist whose dedication and resilience as changed me and our community. A collection of each individual's history, in relation to my growth as an artist, and as a person. Some of us have not met, but we are a family brought together by the shared experience of community at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. Current students, graduates, different races and ages, living among many countries, making different art. Within the process of each piece, the relationship between myself and the individual I painted grew stronger, intending to create consciousness between myself, my community, and the world. This work is not just mine: it is a community's; and is only possible because of the vulnerability, empathy, and clarity these people have. Consistent love and support from this community have provided me with the feeling of safety, a safety that was taken when the world went into lockdown. My paintings allow me to grow and change in alignment with my work: strengthening relationships. These portraits create awareness of pre-existing connection, community, and safety throughout the global lockdowns, despite physical separation. Across five months and 200+ hours, I created this 6’ x 8’ painting. Through attention to detail, painting every crack in the history-filled floored, every shirt and canvas, I painted my community. Preserving this singular moment in time, I created a life-size visual experience and representation of this community. In this piece, I am presenting my work to the younger grade at my school; I then created this painting in that same room. Because of this, I can directly experience the impact that my work has on others. This allows me to accept the value that I and my work have in this family-like community.

Building a Home - Across five months and 200+ hours, I created this 6’ x 8’ painting. Through attention to detail, painting every crack in the history-filled floored, every shirt and canvas, I painted my community. Preserving this singular moment in time, I created a life-size visual experience and representation of this community. In this piece, I am presenting my work to the younger grade at my school; I then created this painting in that same room. Because of this, I can directly experience the impact that my work has on others. This allows me to accept the value that I and my work have in this family-like community.