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Carla Sumarlidson, Fake News – 2 Dope Queens
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    Painting : acrylic, mixed media

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    60 x 48 x 2 inch

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    Fake News – 2 Dope Queens, acrylic on canvas with mixed media (The Sun newspaper).

    In our society, we are inundated with visual imagery and information. As contributing citizens, we must be able to discern what is true from that which is false. We are expected to sort through and fact check social media, 24/7 news media and internet search data in order to acquire the information we seek. The use of the computer certainly cuts down on the amount of paper we use but there are problems that have arisen through its use.

    Along the same lines of “throw away” society theme, I found a newspaper on the Apollo XI Space Mission to the Moon from 1969 which was also in my parents belongings. This was a very memorable experience for me as a child of 9 years of age. I remember looking to the sky to see the rocket making its orbit around the Earth as it passed over the Western Hemisphere. My mother ordered the record called “Footsteps on the Moon” for my brother and I as a memento that I kept and shared with my students over the years. I still have the record and it will be part of this art piece.

    Many naysayers believe that the Moonwalk was a hoax and conspiracy theories still gain momentum regarding this event. Fast forward to present day and the inundation of “fake news” on the internet makes us question the legitimacy of what we read and share. The Russians were proven to influence the 2016 US election by promoting Donald Trump. In 2020 Trump used this information and twisted it to gain supporters through Instagram and Twitter. His constant insistence of “Fake News” and “voter fraud” echoing through his presidential reign is one of the things he will be most remembered albeit not very complimentary as a legacy. The COVID pandemic fueled the conspiracy theorists and we are witnessing violence in an otherwise civilized society over mask wearing and social distancing. Rage Bait, Hyper- Partisan, Scams and Deep Fakes are genuine concerns in our present day civilization and something we need to prepare and educate our future generation about so they can weed through deceitful information and make mindful decisions.

    I took The Apollo XI insert from The Vancouver Sun tore it apart and glued the pictures and articles in collage format on the canvas. I added Russian letters as a nod to the Cosmonauts who fought to get to the moon first against their NASA counterparts. There are some trajectory calculations to acknowledge the women who contributed to the program’s success. Was it Real or Fake? words fall from the sky like cascading stars while the two main figures in the forefront sip their cocktails and enjoy small talk.

    The two central characters are based on an HBO show called “2 Dope Queens”. The humourists who satirize and comment on current social conditions faced by Black woman. My characters depict the senseless gossiping and small mindedness of individuals who “talk” in an abusive manner about others and their shortcomings, unlike the TV show where the comedians speak to the real truths that face Black women. Women are characterised as “gossipy” and judgmental. Personally, I think men tend to gossip more than women but that’s just me. Gossip is negative and intensifies the perpetuation of falsehoods. One of the growth industries in the digital age is the utilization and deployment of scams that access and steal our personal information and defraud us and thus create fear. We must prepare our children and safeguard our elders from their unknown and “Changing Horizons” of computer use of that could jeopardize our humanity.

    During these difficult times, let’s remember to be kind and understanding and more importantly, be safe.
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Carla Sumarlidson

Canada Born in: 1960

Artist Statement for Carla Sumarlidson

Social observation is a lifelong passion of mine, and I like to experience my city through other people's narratives. I'm curious what draws people to a place and how they mark it. The earliest origin for my Reality Bites series – the glowing heart of it – is my memory of walking down Granville Street as a young girl with my grandfather. I remember the street was aflame with the colour and energy of the neon signs, and I sparked to that glamour. But for this series, I chose to use the iconic lure and colourful nostalgia of many key Vancouver locations to present some honest stories and hard truths that live in their shadows. The scenes are intended to be fragmentary – mystery stories that serve as microcosms of this city's social hierarchy and intimate character studies that explore faces and people that I've felt compelled to notice. These are slices of life and the viewer may complete the narrative. But for me, these are stories of a city that while troubled and hard-bitten always remains alluring.


Born in the heart of Vancouver, Carla Sumarlidson has enjoyed a diverse career as a professional artist and respected arts educator. Drawing from her early studies with mentor Gordon Smith, Sumarlidson uses iconic locations, expressive landscapes, personal experiences and metaphorical narratives to examine the raw truths and compelling beauty of the world around her. Her work feels raw and immediate and resonates with a strong emotional appeal. Sumarlidson is a street-smart social observer of her city and how its old myths, nostalgic allure and contemporary truths have shaped her own personal story. In her recent Graffiti series.

Sumarlidson employs the punked-up wild energy of urban street art and the neon romance of language to examine issues surrounding her own creative liberation – how she has struggled with challenges around trust and control while trying to achieve a new artistic freedom.

Sumarlidson's paintings have been critically recognized and widely exhibited including in a juried exhibition during New York Art Week at Chelsea's Caelum Gallery as well as locally at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The initial painting in her celebrated Reality Bites – It's My Life series, “The Bored Room", was awarded Honorable Mention at a regional competition sponsored by the Burnaby Art Council and the full collection was selected by curator Penny Shen to be featured at North Vancouver's Shipbuilder's Pier. One of the key pieces in Sumarlidson's current and ongoing Graffiti series has recently been selected by the Burnaby Art Gallery to be included in its upcoming landmark exhibition called Luminescence. Sumarlidson is also the recipient of both the Brizzenden Prize in Art Education and the Elmore Ozark Art Education Prize – each awarded via UBC – and has had a distinguished career dedicated to advancing knowledge and appreciation for the creative vitality in art.

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