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Jaime McDonald – How Far You’ve Come

Exhibition Runs: February 5 – March 2, 2018
Reception: February 15, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Assigned binaries and expectations are the primary focus of this work. With the use of documented performance, textile elements, and a mirror, it demonstrates the struggle of forced routines and expectations placed on gender identities. The way in which the work is installed is to be read from left to right, creating a narrative and questioning those who pass by if they are contributing to the limiting standards of society. By making the issue of body politics into tangible installations when they are often disregarded and invisible, I am able to confront the audience and ask them in an aesthetic way how they resonate or contribute to these politics.

Jaime McDonald is a queer métis woman working towards her BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design with a major in Media Arts. Her practice is primarily based around reclaiming and grasping onto her identity in a non-intersectional society. She uses feelings of nostalgia, longing, and confrontation to address the binaries she faces.

Scan 181.jpegSigny Holm – Vatnið (For the Lake)
Exhibition Runs: February 19 – March 2, 2018
Reception: March 1, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall at the Alberta College of Art + Design
Vatnið (For the Lake) is an installation exploring memory and longing and the attempts that one makes to relive the places of the past. Sound recordings that have been isolated become repetitive mantras, yet the distortion of the voices create a distance and a desire for clarity that cannot be attained. Collected artifacts such as beach glass, stones and shells are manipulated through physical and digital interventions. These objects become unfamiliar and skewed from their original state. The viewer is free to move through the installation and to allow the various objects and sounds to inform them, with the evocation of the past in a present space. 
Signy Holm is in her third year at the Alberta College of Art + Design studying drawing. She works primarily in performance, new media and sculpture. She is currently the director of HORSE CLUB, a student-run club dedicated to the facilitation of media arts, as well as a member of The Pidgin Collective, a student group focused on writing and critical discourse. Signy Holm lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.

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Emilie MacPhail – Reveries

Exhibition Runs: February 5 – March 30, 2018
Reception: Thursday, March 15, 2018
6 pm – 7 pm at Arts Commons +15 Space
Reveries explores Emilie MacPhail’s connection to the natural landscapes that surround her home. Having long felt a deep spiritual connection to these spaces, she uses her experiences within them as an escape, as therapy and for meditation. During these moments, MacPhail has a tendency to collect natural materials as mementoes of these experiences, supplies for her pieces and for inspiration when creating work. She uses a variety of Fibre techniques such as embroidery, weaving and felting to create a collaboration between object and artist. Each piece tells the story of a memory, in a subtle and quiet way.

MacPhail is currently attending the Alberta College of Art + Design, to obtain her BFA in Fibre. Much of her work is inspired by the Albertan landscape’s native flora and fauna. She works with Fibre techniques such as weaving, embroidery, felting and silkscreen printing.


The call is now closed. Stay tuned for further information on MNG Fall 2017 programming!

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