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Opening Reception – Alopecia
July 18, 2019
Art Gym Denver is excited to announce Alopecia by Rachel Doren in the Common Space Gallery with an opening reception July 18 from 5 – 8PM.
Five years ago, Rachel Doren was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis, a condition which causes a total loss of hair on the head and body. Putting her focus into painting, Doren used art to work through the shock of her hair loss. The paintings in her series titled Alopecia – created with gold Finetec pressed pigments on black board – aim to normalize and beautify what was a difficult process of working through her trauma. Using art to escape and rest her mind, she meditated through making intricate patterns and linework, covering the black void with gold marks, giving value to her trauma. Discussing this experience in her artist statement, Doren explains that “Trauma is difficult to handle yet we all experience it. After losing all of my hair to alopecia, I want to convey how pain, fear and trauma are necessary and shared human experiences.”