Pearl Van Geest
Pearl Van Geest is Guelph artist, writer and arts educator, practicing since graduating from OCAD in 1996. She also holds a BSc, MFA and BEd. She has exhibited her work across Canada, and has work in collections in the United States and Europe. Her work has been supported through Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council grants and is part of the national Art Bank collection. She was short-listed for the RBC Painting prize in 2003, was a resident at the Banff Centre in 2010 and 2014, and was the recipient of the Canadian Art Foundation’s Art Writing Prize in 2015.
To create this series of paintings, I use photographs that I have taken while paddling along shorelines of lakes and rivers, locally in Guelph and in the northern Ontario parks of Temagami, Algonquin and Pukaskwa. They are from times where the surface of the water is like glass, reflecting rocks and trees of the forests. In rotating the images in a bisymmetrically vertical orientation openings, imagery resembling body parts and creatures appear and disappear suggesting interconnectivity and fluidity the macro and micro, the biotic and abiotic, and the human and non-human.
Showing the single artwork