Karin McGinn: In(her) space
WHEN: Mon, Dec 5, 2016 until Fri, Jan 6, 2017
WHERE: Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
“The body presents the paradox of contained and container at once.” -Susan Stewart
In(her) space is an ongoing series of small-scale collage-paintings on paper. Inspired by Surrealism, transgressive fiction and my own existential crisis, I use subversive humour to address the problematic assumptions relating to female bodies, sexuality, and the roles of women.
Engaging the material process of collage I re-contextualize commercial images crafting a mise-en-scène around my figures. The act of collage is an important part in the making as the magazine?s glossy layouts reflect back at me who I’m up against. Therefore the physical act of contemplating, cutting and collaging becomes an act of agency to create my own dystopian narrative.
Driven by the act of storytelling, Karin McGinn imagines contemporary stories as a way to investigate societies female counterpart. Drawing from a multidisciplinary background, she makes collage-paintings and soft sculptures to construct disorderly story lines. By transforming commercial images and re-imagining the body’s physical nature, McGinn subverts fixed ideas of the feminine into moments of contemplation and questioning. McGinn holds a BFA in Fibre from the Alberta College of Art & Design and is currently a candidate in the Master of Applied Arts Low Residency program at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design.