Elizabeth Maxwell-Turanski is a Toronto-based writer and artist. She is currently completing her Bachelor of the Arts in the Creative Industries at Ryerson University, with a focus on visual culture and fashion. Through her writing, she aims to explore the nuances between images and the written word. Her particular focus is on how aesthetics and narratives are perpetuated in broader image culture.
This paper discusses concepts of vulnerability, intimacy, and domesticity in art, specifically through the work of Wyn Geleynse. An art piece intentionally made to discuss vulnerability accomplishes its goal more effectively when prioritizing openness, making intimate connections with the viewer. The paper explores this notion by looking at three of Geleynse’s most prominent works; An Imaginary Situation with Truthful Behavior (1988), Just… (2002), and Slack Wire (Funambulist) (2002), all of which aim to tackle vulnerability with varying degrees of success. The paper discusses the role of art in conversation with social norms and how authenticity lends itself to furthering messages of social justice.