Artist Robyn Oliver has taken teen issues on through a series of paintings. Photo submitted

Artist Robyn Oliver has taken teen issues on through a series of paintings.Photo submitted

By Dan Walton

Pioneer Staff

Canadian teenagers are faced with no shortage of lifes challenges, and

because many of their struggles revolve around topics which can be taboo,

discussion is often avoided.

Artist Robyn Oliver, who also teaches art at David Thompson Secondary School, has taken on such issues head through a series of paintings, which are on display at Pynelogs Cultural Centre until Monday, September 1st.

The reason I painted this particular series is because its stuff that we dont normally talk about in society, she told The Pioneer. So I was looking for an avenue to start some conversation.

Subjects range from prominent teen issues such as bullying and pregnancy, and also delve into personal challenges, many stemming from mental

illness.

Even if its not something one

particular teen is going through, if its a part of their peer group, they could be facing those same issues every day.

As a high school teacher, Ms. Oliver candidly observes her subjects as they go about their daily lives.

Because of the sometimes dark

nature of a students reality, and to

protect individual identity, origami was used to represent the individual student subjects of Ms. Olivers art. The folded paper art form can still create an

emotion, but also distance from the subject, she said.

The series at Pynelogs will come to an end following the Labour Day weekend after two weeks on display.

Once the series is finished its

display at Pynelogs, Rocky River Grill will showcase some of the items in its dining room.