The cozy E.D.S. Gallery is a perfect match for Joyce Gunn Cairns’ exhibition. The warm and welcoming atmosphere predisposes the visitor to be completely enveloped by the delicacy and perhaps fragile sentiment of the artist’s work. There is a certain ethereal quality common to Cairns’ pieces, which reveals the presence of internal conflict in her subjects, as seen from her writers’ portraits. This display however explored the purity of certain dainty subjects, apparent in the pastel color schemes, the natural state of the surrounding environment, and the expressions of suave, yet innocent contemplation on the subject’s faces. The scratched surface of the boards is an interesting and attractive effect, which further balances out the delicacy of the subjects, creating a complex and enjoyable sense of intimate perception.
One especially intriguing piece is the “Boy in Green”. The subject seems to exist in the realm of dreams, which in turn makes him appear almost amorphous, able to contain his form solely on the board. This vision is in an unusual way both striking in its visually pleasing qualities and unsettling all at the same time. These specific qualities of the piece serve to show the powerful impact the artist’s work has on the viewer.