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Rebecca Bair, Conditioning (detail), shea butter and charcoal hair monoprint. Courtesy of the artist.
Rebecca Bair, Conditioning (detail), shea butter and charcoal hair monoprint. Courtesy of the artist.

Rebecca Bair: Deep Conditioning

About the exhibition

At the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, Rebecca Bair was at the end of her MFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and staying with her parents in Ottawa. Eager to produce, she found a stack of four-by-six photo paper, left forgotten in a desk drawer. Slowly, she began to use the paper to draw on with a fine-tip black sharpie, creating circles inspired by the curls of her hair. This became a daily practice and an outlet for her anxiety—not only an antidote for the universal uncertainty, but also a record of daily life. These drawings are, in fact, integral to her larger practice, often referencing her hair and are made in paean of her identity as a Black woman.

About the artist

Rebecca Bair is an interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver—the traditional and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish peoples—and a 2020 graduate from the Masters of Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Since graduating, she has received the Governor General's gold medal for her academic achievements, and she has been in group shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Where Do We Go From Here?), the Surrey Art Gallery (Facing Time), Wil Aballe Art Projects (The Cinematic) and The Polygon Gallery (The Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize).

Film

The art museum was pleased to partner with the School of Motion Picture Arts Capilano University and students Bowen Munsil, Taran Sukert, and Ryan Hanna to make this film about the exhibition.

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