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Drawing and Painting

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Drawing and Painting

“In my practice I engage with the ‘vital materiality’ of the inanimate world, and the porous intersection between living and non-living. In doing so I ask: “how do you find meaning in precariousness, dissolution and decay?” or, put another way, “how do you live and make work in the midst of catastrophe – bodies beset by illness and dysfunction, a world in environmental and social crisis – that is both deeply personal and terrifyingly universal?” I hope to make pictorial spaces that are convincing and complex, luminous, mysterious and tactile. My process is based in observation from life and photographic references, but also involves building fictitious spaces from subconscious impulse, and fragments of memory and dream. Throughout, I am aware of how my materials – paint, canvas, ground and solvent – exert a will of their own during the painting process.

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Born in Toronto, Miranda Elliott attended NSCAD University before returning to OCAD to complete her BFA. She has an interdisciplinary background in genetics and epidemiology. Recurring themes in her work include: embodiment, the power and presence of inanimate matter, and the fertile border between living, and non-living.
OCAD U - Faculty of Art
Drawing and Painting
Major In progress, 2023
University of British Columbia
Population and Public Health
Major Completed, 2011
McGill University
Major Completed, 2004

Drawing and Painting

2022, Joseph Muscat Scholarship
OCAD University