• Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 – Friday, April 7, 2023
  • Time: 5:00am
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  • Admission: FREE
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WOW MOM // Marlene Yuen and Vanessa Hall-Patch

Exhibition Dates: March 3 - April 7, 2023
Opening Reception: March 3, 2023 @ 5 – 8 pm
Artist talk: Saturday March 4, 2023 @ 1pm ASL interpretation will be provided and live captions will be enabled.

This talk is free to attend and open to the public.

Exhibition response by Christina Hajjar

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Martha Street Studio is pleased to present WOW MOM, a duo show by Marlene Yuen (BC) and Vanessa Hall-Patch (BC).


Creating a new body of prints can feel very much like parenting: rewarding, messy, energizing, frustrating, colourful and repetitive. While working in a letterpress studio in the spring of 2020, Marlene Yuen discovered a student’s typographical letterpress proof that read WOW. When it was turned upside down, it read MOM. For Yuen and fellow artist and colleague, Vanessa Hall-Patch, the singular word contained a double meaning: WOW MOM.

Using a high volume of repeated prints, WOW MOM is a two-person exhibition by Marlene Yuen and Vanessa Hall-Patch, which investigates the repetitive labour taken on by parents, namely mothers. Mothering is one of the most essential labours that one can provide in society, yet it is an invisible form of work that is rarely given its due as skilled, multi-dimensional work. In creating a new series of prints specifically for Martha Street Studio, Yuen and Hall-Patch consider the parallels of parenting and printmaking.

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Please join us Friday March 3, 2023 between 5 – 8 pm for the opening reception at the gallery. Masks are required inside the building. Snacks and refreshments will be available.

Martha Street Studio is fully wheelchair accessible with automatic doors and a lift. 2 accessible gender-neutral washrooms are on the upper floor.

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