Colleen Heslin
February 3 to March 12
Collecting and Purging
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Collecting and Purging

dye on sewn canvas

72"x70"

2021

Colleen Heslin

Collecting and Purging is a solo exhibition of minimal fiber-based paintings by Colleen Heslin. These large-scale paintings are meditations on essential colour relationships, line, pattern and form. Heslin is interested in the relativity of colour, how one can activate another, our psychological relationships with colour as a tool for our own identities, as well as its utility, illusion, limits and potential. 

 

Known for her innovative, textile-based methods, Colleen Heslin’s work considers histories of art and craft along with social aspects of gender and labor. Her work engages medium crossovers between fiber, painting and sculpture, including dye, sewn fabric, rope and metal. Heslin plays with expectations and perception within the medium of painting, its definitions, classifications and hierarchies.

BIO

Colleen Heslin (b. 1976, Toronto) is an artist living and working in the qathet Regional District in British Columbia.  Her practice explores fiber-based medium crossovers relating to material and causality in painting. Founder of The Crying Room Projects (1999-2015), Heslin facilitated independent exhibition and public mural space for emerging artists in Vancouver. Heslin has an MFA from Concordia University and is the winner of the 2013 RBC Painting Competition. Heslin’s most recent solo exhibitions were held at Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver, 2020) and Esker Foundation (Calgary, 2016) and group exhibitions at Kamloops Art Gallery (Kamloops, 2021), Power Plant (Toronto, 2018), Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver, 2018) and Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver 2017). Her work has been exhibited and published in Canada, the United States, and Europe.