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Stigma by Pascal Proteau

30 August 2016

Life takes us on a journey, and in Pascal Proteau’s exhibition Stigma, the audience is asked to draw from the rich tapestry of life experience, reflect and grow from it. Stigma opens at Heathcote Museum & Gallery on Saturday, 20 August 2016.

Life takes us on a journey, and in Pascal Proteau’s exhibition Stigma, the audience is asked to draw from the rich tapestry of life experience, reflect and grow from it. Stigma opens at Heathcote Museum & Gallery on Saturday, 20 August 2016.

Pascal’s work is created with a selection of salvaged timbers and old obsolete tools that explore force, motion and process as the artist allows himself to work through his personal experiences of mental instability.

Heathcote Museum & Gallery Curator Jana Braddock said the exhibit includes works that speak loudly of the artist’s challenging internal experiences.

“Pascal allows his art to explore emotions and experiences otherwise difficult to articulate, transforming the imperfections and vulnerability of materials into clever and strong finished forms,”

“Through his sculptural processes he brings out the beauty of the object, inviting you to look deeper at the detail – explore it, contemplate it and start a conversation about it.”

Pascal wishes to encourage open conversations about feelings - to diffuse the shame and loneliness of mental instability and propagate human connectedness.

The artist has grown immensely though facing and dealing with his own mental instability, requiring much personal courage to find a place of peace and strength, and it is from this strength he encourages his audience to participate in creating a mentally healthy community – where an awareness and life without stigma or shame, where respect, compassion and honour is possible for each and every one of us.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Judith Hugo on Friday, 19 August 2016 at 6.00pm. To attend please RSVP to heathcote@melville.wa.gov.au or call 9364 5666 by Tuesday, 16 August 2016.

The exhibition will run from Saturday, 20 August to Sunday, 25 September 2016 at Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Swan House, 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 4.00pm. Entry is free.

For more information please visit www.melvillecity.com.au/heathcote or call 9364 5666.

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