Ella Dawn McGeough
May 26 - June 4, 2022
Closing Social: 4 June 2022, 2-5pm w/Butterfly Tea and GF cake
There is a picnic on its surface, this pearl, this magic skin, this mystical shell, this gleaming amber moon. Day pours into night, light into darkness, labour into pleasure. Wine glasses leave rings. Salad dressing splashes. Someone spills the salt. They have worked too hard. Walked too far, too fast. Feeling spacey, bodies shift position and for an hour or an age everything changes. Carefully, they take off habits, put down jobs, move beyond limits of analysis, cross distances of difference. And together, they fall—puzzled, in dazzling arrays of particles, bursts, clusters. Chimes ring on the wind. Is that a moth or a butterfly?
Ella Dawn McGeough (b.1982) is an artist and PhD researcher at York University. Their work negotiates sticky sites of affection & infection, influence & inheritance, obligation & commitment, encounter & entanglement, dreaming & waking, inside & outside, you & me, us & we…
Raised near the ocean on unceded territories of Coast Salish Peoples—specifically Kwantlen|qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓, Katzie|q̓ic̓əy̓, Semiahmoo|SEMYOME, and Tsawwassen|sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ Nations, they currently live in Toronto. They have exhibited their work across Canada and internationally (China, Finland, Norway, Peru, Philippines, and USA); have won numerous grants & awards; and held residencies in Bergen, Norway; Madre de Dios, Peru; Banff, Treaty 7, Alberta; London, Ontario; and New York. They received an MFA from University of Guelph (2013) and BFA from University of British Columbia (2007). In 2012 they co-founded Moire, a digital publication that digs into artistic practice via texts, images, and collaborative projects. In Summer 2022 they will be artist-in-residence at La Datcha—an experimental garden space in Berlin.