Shelley Vanderbyl’s conceptually rich paintings are concerned with healing. This exhibition—her first solo exhibition since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer—works metaphorically with her experience as a cancer patient, her husband’s military Search and Rescue experience, and remembered biblical passages of comfort. The effect, she hopes, is to gently point viewers toward emotional healing.
From her tiny oil paintings in vintage medicine tins, to highly textured large-scale plaster frescoes, onto video performance pieces, she leads the viewer through a quiet, complex journey of finding beauty amidst pain. By paying attention to the small and the broken, Shelley aims to create a therapeutic experience for the viewer.
Please join us on Tuesday, November 2, 2023, for the opening reception of Ashes for Medicine, Redeemer’s new art exhibition, by artist Shelley Vanderbyl. Learn more about Vanderbyl’s work, celebrate her achievement and experience the new exhibit with others. The exhibit opens on October 23, 2023, in the Redeemer art gallery and will be on display until January 19, 2024.
Shelley Vanderbyl is an artist whose artwork provides an immersive therapeutic experience within public galleries, clinics and homes, and is meant to create a beautiful, thoughtful space for the viewer to process difficult circumstances more easily. She has attended three international residencies and her work has been featured in over 18 publications around the globe. Particularly interested in aiding people with post traumatic stress disorder, Shelley asks the question, “If what someone has seen can break a person, can an image be a part of their healing?”