GILLIAN KING, MFA '16, Skinned, at Gallery 115

New Paintings by MFA Candidate Gillian King
Gallery 115 - University of Ottawa, Department of Visual Arts
100 Laurier Ave. East Rm. 115
Opening Reception: January 21, 2015 / 6:30-8:30 pm.
January 21 - February 3, 2015
Gallery 115 is open Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

"My work explores the similarities between human and animal bodies while drawing attention to the conflicts and contradictions in human-animal relationships.

By researching topics such as scientific animal experimentation and domestication, industrial farming, hunting, human destruction of nature, and biological processes, my paintings hone in on the conflict and discrepancies within these subjects while exploring our mutual fragility and mortality.

In my most recent paintings, I have started to incorporate my own body by eliminating the brush from the majority of the painting process and allowing my hands and nails to ‘claw’ at the canvas using pigments, charcoal, and oil paints. This visceral and intuitive process results in raw and at times violent marks that illustrate an elemental, and perhaps innate roughness. I am interested in the idea of 'skinning,' as in, the removal of one's skin, as a metaphor with which to discuss the struggles both between and within our physical bodies. The marks made by my hands can be seen as reminiscent of skinning, contrasted with more controlled or sensuous marks. I aim to present the viewer with an uncanny contrast between violence and seduction, suggestive of our dynamics with animals and the natural world." 

Gillian King is a painter and multidisciplinary artist, curator, and art educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba. King is a current MFA Candidate at the University of Ottawa and holds a BFA Honours in Painting from the University of Manitoba (2011). King has shown in various galleries in Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, the Netherlands and recently completed residencies at The Banff Centre (Banff, AB) and Sparkbox Studios (Picton, ON). King is represented by La Petite Mort Gallery in Ottawa, On.