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Natalie Bruvels

Hole in My Soul

Oil and acrylic on wood panel
12 x 12 in. / 30 x 30 cm

"The lack of bonding with my newborn, that I addressed in the preface, was enduring. Tomson is now 9 ½ years old. When he was a baby, I would push him in the stroller for hours on end, a type of multitasking that enabled me to care for him and simultaneously indulge my fantasy of walking away from this new life of being a mother. I would take pictures of his face and when he was napping, paint from those photographs as seen in a series entitled BABYBEAST. At the time of their showing, at La Petite Mort Gallery, May 2012, I wrote a sarcastic artist statement saying that I did not understand why everyone cares about so much about babies. It was a curious opinion for someone who had a six-month-old. What I did not realize, at the time, is that I was in the throes of a deep and dark post-partum depression and that by taking those photographs and spending time to render them in paint in colourful and gestural ways, I was studying his expressions. It was a desperate yearning to understand my child, to bond with him, to feel comfortable and confident in my newfound identity and responsibilities as a cis-gendered mother."

- N. Bruvels
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We represent emerging, mid-career, and established artists with a focus on contemporary art.

We handle custom framing on behalf of our collectors. We work with trusted framers based in Ottawa. Framing takes 2 to 3 weeks. Quotes are provided before fabrication.

We offer a complimentary service to deliver, hang, and install artwork for collectors in Ottawa.

For all other major Canadian cities we have a list of recommended art handlers.

We provide both domestic and international shipping. Quotes are prepared on a case by case basis depending on the size, weight, and medium of the artwork as well as its destination.

We are located in the heart of the Glebe neighbourhood at the intersection of Bank Street and Fifth Avenue. Metered street parking is available infront of the gallery and 1-hour parking on the residential streets surrounding the gallery.