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Salmon Arm artist tackles the ideal of home in new solo exhibition

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Visitors to a new exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery by Salmon Arm-based artist Amy Modahl may feel as though they’ve stepped into familiar surroundings. Modahl's exhibition is entitled Where the Heart Is, and it explores the notion of home as presented in décor magazines and books.

On entering the exhibition space gallery-goers will see a wall lined with identically-sized, closely hung, framed works on paper. These works depict various household scenes that are commonplace, for example a dining room table carefully set for guests, a neatly tidied living room, an organized book shelf, and an orderly kitchen. The works all illustrate a spare and clean version of the home to which we are meant to aspire.

On the opposite side of the gallery space Modahl has created a large drawing directly on the wall. It is skewed at quite an angle and depicts a kitchen countertop stacked with dirty dishes – all waiting to be washed.

Home can be a beautiful and calm refuge, a well-designed, tidy and welcoming place but in reality, we often end up with stuff piled up here and there, a long to-do list on the fridge, and nothing much to eat inside the fridge – not the environment we dream about. It is this disconnect that Modahl has explored in this new installation.

Amy Modahl was born in Minnesota and raised in Wisconsin before coming to Vancouver in 2000. In 2010 she relocated to the BC interior. As well as having degrees in fine art, she is a linguist, and teaches in Linguistic Anthropology and Anthropology at the UBCO in Kelowna, and Okanagan College in Vernon.

Amy Modahl: Where the Heart Is will be on view until March 27, 2016.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna.

For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at or call 250-762-2226.

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