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Towards Understanding: 2015 MFA Exhibitions

The School of Art and School of Art Gallery are pleased to present thesis exhibitions and oral examinations by Master of Fine Art students: Carolyn Mount, Corrie Peters, and Michelle Wilson. All events are free and open to the public.

Carolyn Mount: Exchanged

Exchanged is the culmination of a year-long project in which Carolyn Mount gifted or traded all the work she made as a means and way to build community. Starting with abstract images representing our social and physical systems and networks for connection, Mount used those images to create new social connections by trading in public places. By allowing her partner in trade to set the price, the social relationship was imbued with respect and generosity, things not found in our market economy. Overwhelmed with the participation in her project, Mount has created two additional works in response to those that engaged with her.

Carolyn Mount is an inter-disciplinary artist working in print, sculpture and installation to address and explore social and environmental systems that connect us to each other and the world around us. She has had solo shows across Canada, recently including Martha Street Studio and Centre de diffusion Presse Papier, and has exhibited in numerous group shows internationally. Her work is part of important public and private collections in North America, including the Province of Manitoba, as well as internationally.  

Corrie Peters: All the rooming houses on my street have had their front door removed

All the rooming houses on my street have had their front door removed.” This is the opening sentence of the story of situating my socially engaged art practice as rebuilding doors.  The seven sites of this exhibition hope to document the time of learning, questioning and reflecting through relationship: knitting together the threads of connection and complicity that become part of the thin line working to maneuver through the systems of power we exist within.

Corrie Peters is an artist with a wealth of relationships.  Many people have been willing to sit with her in her ignorance, her struggles and her joys; many people have been willing to teach her. It is this that has enabled her work and any note-able accomplishments in the art world.

For more information about the seven locations of Corrie's exhibition, visit her website: corriepeters.ca/doors

Michelle Wilson: ANIMA

Donna Harraway wrote: "[Fiction is] liable to showing something we do not yet know to be true, but will know." Through the sculptures and photographs in her thesis work, ANIMA, Michelle Wilson is attempting this act of showing. At times scientific, at times emotive, her works gesture to the efficacy and failings of rational and sympathetic approaches to being animal. They allude to a political horizon where other means of relatedness may be negotiated. "Living with animals, inhabiting their/our stories, trying to tell the truth about our relationship, co-habiting an active history: that is the work of companion species,” (Harraway).

Originally a photo-based artist, Michelle Wilson has expanded her practice to incorporate sculpture, textile and text-based works. Wilson received her BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2005, and graduated with highest honors from the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa in 2008. She represented Canada at the Recontres d’Arles in 2008, and more recently presented at the 14th annual Institute for Critical Animal Studies Conference. Later this year she will participate in residencies through Biophilia in Gatineau, Quebec and the Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre in Winnipeg. She currently teaches at Art City as well as at the Winnipeg Art Gallery studio.

Exhibition run
June 5 - 26, 2015

Reception
June 5, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Oral Exams
Carolyn Mount
June 5, 10:00 am
Michelle Wilson
June 5, 1:00 pm
Corrie Peters
June 8, 1:00 pm

Mount -shelves detail Carolyn Mount: Exchanges, installation detail

Peters - pillarCorrie Peters, building, mixed media

Wilson - installationMichelle Wilson, ANIMA, installation detail