Gift of Life Portrait Show

 

Painting of Keanan, Gift of Life Donor, 5 x 5 feet, oil on canvas

Painting of Justin, Kidney Recipient, 4 x 4 feet, oil on canvas

Opening April 2nd at Walnut Contemporary, 201 Niagara, Toronto ON.
3:00 -6:00 pm.
To donate you can now register online!
Click here: https://beadonor.ca

When I was 11 years old, my mother took me my four siblings and me aside to tell us that if she were to die, she would be donating all her organs to others and the rest of her body to science. We were shocked and questioned her decision emphatically. In chorus, we demanded to know how we could have a funeral for her if we had nothing to bury? A very spiritual person, my mother explained to us that our body was only a home for our soul. She said that when she dies she will leave her body and it would be better to leave it for others to use and possibly save people’s lives. To explain further to her children, she insisted that organs and her body were simply a kind of ‘puppet’ carrying her around for her time on earth. What she emphasized to us was that her body was not HER. Her response to our pleas was something I never forgot. It is this concept that followed me into my adulthood and had me sign all my organs over on my donation form without a second thought. When I was approached by curator Raquel Vilhena with the concept of this show, I thought back again to this childhood story and how strongly it had shaped how I thought about the body, organs and the soul.

Painting of Helen, Heart Recipient, 4 x 4 feet, oil on canvas

Painting of Helen, Heart Recipient, 4 x 4 feet, oil on canvas

Painting of Hilda, Kidney and Pancreas Recipient 5 x 4 fee

Painting of Hilda, Kidney and Pancreas Recipient 5 x 4 feet

Painting of Alex, Lung Recipient, 5 x 4 feet, Oil on Canvas

Painting of Alex, Lung Recipient, 5 x 4 feet, Oil on Canvas

Painting of Laureen and Jacqui, Kidney Recipient and Donor, 5.5 x 4 feet,

Painting of Laureen and Jacqui, Kidney Recipient and Donor, 5.5 x 4 feet,