Following the exhibition of her work in Abound: Art From The University of Ottawa Department of Visual Arts 2021, on view at the OAG in early 2022, artist Erin Fyfe Donnelly returns (virtually!) to join Rachelle Dickenson (OAG’s Senior Curator) on Instagram Live to chat about her artistic practice, share what she’s up to now, and reflect on the importance of transitions and breaks. Please note this program will take place in English. La discussion se déroulera en anglais.
Erin Fyfe Donnelly (she/her) completed her BFA at the University of Windsor in 2016 and her MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2021. As locality largely informs Fyfe Donnelly’s process, she returned to her hometown of Windsor post MFA to continue her practice. She is the recipient of The Jurors’ Prize at the Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed at the Orillia Museum of Art & History in 2021.
Fyfe Donnelly’s practice explores physical and social boundaries by raising issues of land-use and property through landscape paintings. The work is not uniquely about painting, but rather about the way we think of paint and how as a physical object it is so closely linked to boundaries, borders, and territories. Her practice evolves as it exposes the layers of social and aesthetic structures acting as invisible boundaries to how landscape, nature, and the environment are interpreted and viewed.
Artist photo : courtesy of the artist.
Erin Fyfe Donnelly, Act Natural: Yellow [Agis normalement : jaune], 2021, Water-mixable oil on canvas, corrugated sign, flagging tape, sponge-brush sticks, spray paint, staples. Photo : Justin Wonnacott