The Secret Room of Giuseppa Filangeri di S. Marco (Oils)
Toronto-based artist Jacqueline Treloar creates a moving statement with this dramatic collection of oils and works on paper, a record of her time living in a curious apartment carved out of the inner walls of the main courtyard of Palazzo Aiutamicristo in Palermo, Sicily. Divided between two galleries, The Secret Room of Giuseppa Filangeri di San Marco evokes the intimacy and personality of the lavish cabinets popular among the Renaissance aristocracy. These private spaces were devoted to the display of an often eclectic variety of prized keepsakes, cosseted artworks, and exotic curiosities. Brought together in the name of a imagined noblewoman, Treloar’s paintings in The Secret Room portray the intimate spaces of an illustrious Palermitan Palace and its dramatic urban surroundings, worked in oils on large textured canvases and coloured inks on paper using brushes, rollers and stencils. The jewel tones and multiple layering capture the excesses and extremes of the ancient, crumbling city, a culmination of some two thousand years of occupation and invasion.
Palermo is dense with ancient dreams and monuments, startling colours and contrasts. It is not for the weak of heart. For the adventurer and visionary explorer, however, it offers up its bottomless wealth without restraint. The centuries have molded its antique face, and its complex urban conformation reveals a long and tormented story. The architecture of its monuments shows singular external contributions and myriad fusions, just as the aspect and character of its inhabitants reveal a great diversity of ethnic groups amalgamated over time. The Secret Room of Giuseppa Filangeri di San Marco is a selection from Treloar’s private cabinet of intensely personal and vivid experiences in this richly secretive city.