TAKE IT LIKE A WOMEN – Paintings from the She Thread Project


Opening Reception
Saturday May 28, 2022 2 – 5pm

May 28 – June 24, 2022

Lipont Gallery presents Take it Like a Woman – paintings from the She Thread Project by Vancouver artist Deborah Bakos.

Opening May 28th, the exhibition of mixed media paintings and found object installations offers viewers a sense of shared history and an opportunity to explore the construction of gender.

Featuring a survey of antique, vintage and contemporary photographs embellished with paint, embroidery, lace and gems, Deborah’s work is femininity reimagined.

The main characters in her narratives provide an alternative view of womanhood; the bride holding a beating heart bouquet, the paper-doll groom who has ‘lost face’, Medusa in a mirror putting on pink lipstick. Accompanying this collection of altered photographs is a selection of the artist’s abstract paintings that reference female focused idioms and origin myths. The exhibition also includes found furniture embroidered with text and re-purposed with paint and textile notions. All of Deborah’s visual commentaries are aimed at challenging traditional definitions and harmful tropes about women.


About Deborah Bakos

Deborah Bakos explores femininity and the historical construction of womanhood using a variety of mediums. She works with vintage photography, paint, fabric and embroidery to embellish her subjects and to invite dialogue about binary definitions of gender.

Deborah works in Vancouver’s East Side, at Parker Street Studios, where she has maintained her full-time practise for over 12 years. She is a founding and exhibiting member of the annual Parker Art Salon and 13 Feet Off The Ground, a collective of traveling, women artists. She holds a Certificate of Fine Arts/Painting from Emily Carr University and a Bachelor of Education in English/Media Literacy from Simon Fraser University. She also studied Fashion Design at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Her art works are exhibited in public spaces, commercial galleries and international publications with paintings held in collections in Vancouver, Toronto and Canmore Canada, Istanbul Turkey, San Jose Del Cabo Mexico, Treviso Italy and Graniti Sicily.