“Dozing, a painting of the view from my bedroom window, conveys a stationary moment in life. It captures the essence of gloom and drowsiness through the intimate portrayals of bedsheets and curtain drapes. Through my artwork, I explore the hushed atmosphere and introspective moments that occur within private spaces. The play of light and shadow creates a somber mood, evoking a sense of rumination, tranquility, and lethargy. By focusing on everyday objects and their interaction with natural light and the eye, I invite viewers to reflect on the quietude and contemplative moments that occur within the confines of a bedroom. Dozing is a sensation of escaping reality and being absorbed by our surroundings. The acrylic paint and soothing brushstrokes are manipulated to depict the texture of the sheets and curtains. My aim is to evoke a sense of serenity, introspection, and the delicate balance between consciousness and slumber. Dozing is a painting of the peaceful state of mind.”
—Vivian Chui (Grade 11, The Study, Montreal, Quebec)
Manitoba artist Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956) was characterized by art critics as “the man who looks out of the window,” producing many interior/exterior views that illustrate his skilled methods of observation and convey a deep sense of familiarity and place.