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VIDEO: Passionate local artist uses self-portraiture to send important message

Kelowna-based artist Lexy Parks is the first subject of a new documentary series called Passionate Nobodies.
Image Credit: Lexy Parks

KELOWNA – A local artist with a passion for self-portraits is the subject of the first of a new documentary series being filmed in the Okanagan.

Lexy Parks is what Kelowna filmmaker Clayton Arnall calls a "passionate nobody." He describes his latest project of the same name as "a film series that tells the stories of interesting people that are unusually passionate about their chosen vocation."

Arnall is one of the producers of several rock climbing documentaries that introduced many to the sport of bouldering. His documentary "The Fields – A Bouldering Film" was a finalist in the 2015 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. Now he’s turned his camera towards Okanagan residents who aren’t rich or famous but excel at what they do out of pure desire.

His first episode is a seven-minute short shot entirely in Kelowna with many of the city’s landmarks used as background.

"I find myself incredibly inspired by the place that I live," Parks says in the video. "I think it's easier to express yourself to yourself."

Parks says her art goes beyond the 'selfie.'

"Half the time I do not look good that day," she says. "Half the time I haven't showered in four days. I'm not wearing any makeup. I just hiked 16 kilometres... but that's not important in self-portraiture."

Visually stunning and with an excellent soundtrack, Parks and Arnall touch on some serious issues as well.

"I struggled with body issues for a number of years," she admits. "I've had eating disorders, I've done really awful things to myself in the pursuit of beauty. To get over that and accept yourself is to also get over other peoples' faults and accept them."

Arnall is currently looking for his next Passionate Nobody. For info or to see more of his work, visit Arnall's website.

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