Gillian Haigh - The Shadow is Not Shining
Born in Calgary Alberta, Gillian Haigh is a visual artist based in Vancouver, BC working on the unceded traditional land of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Gillian holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and her work has been featured in exhibitions across Canada including Trapp Projects (2020), The Morris & Helen Belkin Gallery (2019), Port Moody Arts Centre in May (2021), Young Space (2021), Headline Gallery (2021), and the Banff Centre (2022). In 2022 Gillian was selected for a residency at the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity with the Jim Dinning and Evelyn Main Endowed Scholarship for Visual Artists.
Grounded in painting, my practice exists within a larger framework of queer theory and feminist thought which pursues the boundary of perception and interpretation. I am drawn to imagery and language where we lose our linguistic mooring; where symbols refuse to consistently index meaning. My visual vocabulary embraces both abstraction and figuration, using ordinary images and objects as references to construct imagined liminal spaces. Spectral blurring through the material of paint is my effort to destabilize or unfurl traditional structures of representation.
Oil on Canvas
W48" x H62"
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