“There is liberty in anonymity, safety in getting lost in the crowd,” says Kathleen Beausoleil. “It’s
a sense of belonging that people seek.” The artist navigates the balance between selfhood and collective attitudes, asking how far individuals will go to feel part of a community. Inspired Hope focuses on the human interactions and territorial behaviours manifested during the Black Lives Matter protests. In these photo-based paintings, individuals stand side-by-side, holding placards and gesturing in unison. The poignant canvases pay tribute to the benefits of togetherness, whilst highlighting the multiplicity of collective identity.
Image Credit: Kathleen Beausoleil, Inspired Hope, (2020). 96cm x 127cm x 3cm.