Towards Understanding: 2015 MFA ExhibitionsThe 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.
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).
Carolyn Mount: Exchanges, installation detail
Corrie Peters, building, mixed media
Michelle Wilson, ANIMA, installation detail