Katherine Duclos: What colour is the rabbit hole?

What colour is the rabbit hole? – Katherine Duclos

October 26 – November 26, 2022
Opening Reception: November 5, noon to 4 pm.
THIS Gallery, Vancouver

During both the Heart of the City Festival and Eastside Culture Crawl 2022, THIS Gallery is proud to present What colour is the rabbit hole?, a new solo exhibition by Katherine Duclos.

“…burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge. In another moment, down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.”
– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Colour, texture, repetition, rhythm, and balance have always been tools of self-regulation for Katherine Duclos. A way of slowing down or quieting her constantly running inner machine. As a child, full days were spent creating large floor mosaics with pattern blocks that her mother wasn’t allowed to clean up. Hours passed while creating intricate designs in notebooks and patterns with anything she had. Arranging, lining up, externalizing her internal order-composition was her earliest means of control and autonomy and it is still where she returns when life is placing too much out of her hands.

This show is an ode to following curiosity, materials, and ideas wherever they may go, without expectations. Each group of work satisfies a different part of Katherine Duclos’ neurodivergent, impulsive, inattentive, yet hyper-focused brain, as she responds to different material tangents and “what if” questions. To only pose one question at a time, to answer only one, with one material or process—seems impossible in the face of infinite colour interactions. She states, “I cannot possibly follow through on all of my ideas at once.” But this exhibition represents her earnest attempt to set fewer limits on her creativity and follow the “colour rabbit hole” where it leads.

It’s a bit of a mess, Acrylic, gouache, Flashe, and coloured pencil on watercolour paper. Image courtesy the artist.

Artist Bio

Katherine Duclos (b. 1980, Massachusetts) received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Pratt Institute in 2012 in Brooklyn, NY. After 10 years in New York, she moved to Vancouver, BC in late 2017 with her family, where she maintains a multi-media studio practice. Her current work deals with themes of motherhood and its often invisible emotional toll. She has exhibited her work across the United States and Canada. She has worked as a teaching artist for organizations such as Studio in a School in New York City and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Saturday November 5th from noon to 4 pm. The artist will be in attendance.

Artist website: www.katherineduclos.com

A little bit about THIS – THIS is a brick-and-mortar gallery located in Vancouver, BC. The gallery is located at the junction between Chinatown and the Downtown East Side (DTES) at the corner of Main and Pender streets. THIS is housed in an office building and has a workshop/studio space as well as a gallery. The gallery curates a new show monthly, with openings on the first Saturday of each month.

THIS Gallery | 227-475 Main Street | Vancouver, BC | www.thisgallery.org
Contact: info@thisgallery.org