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Groundwork

Nicole Emond, Sonya Fesiak, Kaitlin Groat, Alison Kruse, and Emma White.

March 9th - May 12th, 2017 | Reception: Friday March 10, 5-6:30pm.

Nicole Emond, Untitled, woodcut, 2017

The Union Gallery is delighted to present Groundwork, a juried exhibition from Queen’s University’s 4th year Bachelor of Fine Art candidates. Asking how we learn through art, this exhibition explores arts-based inquiry through an engagement with diverse themes and fields including psychology and environmental studies. Employing a variety of processes, the artists in Groundwork offer new ways of seeing and understanding the world around us, through a practice of knowledge that is not only reflective but generative.

Artist Biographies:

Nicole Emond is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in woodcut, stone lithography, plate lithography, woodcarving, and metal and plaster sculptural processes. Originally from Northern Ontario, she is currently a BFA (Honours) candidate at Queen’s University where her thesis focuses on the complexity between nature and the industrial world. She holds a certificate in International Studies and prior to Queen’s she studied at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, UK. Her work has been exhibited throughout Ontario including Kingston, Hamilton, and Sault Ste. Marie.

Sonya Fesiak is a Fine Art student at Queen’s University. Her work is inspired and driven by the enigmatic nature of the human mind, which she has had the opportunity to study extensively through her minor in psychology. Her art practice builds on this knowledge by exploring psychological phenomena through various visual mediums.

Kaitlin Groat is a multidisciplinary student artist pursuing her BFA at Queen’s University. Currently in her fourth year, her thesis work examines hyper-consumption and mass consumerism primarily through the mediums of screen print and lithography.

Alison Kruse is a contemporary Canadian painter. Heavily influenced by Nordic painting, Alison's work aims to invoke uneasiness in the viewer. Her high expressionistic style is the result of experimenting with brushwork, colour, and content. She is currently interested in boredom and empty time and how this affects mental health. Alison has her BFA (Honours) and a minor in art history from Queen's University.

Emma White is a multidisciplinary student artist pursuing her BFA at Queen’s University. Currently in her fourth year, her thesis work examines hyper-consumption and mass consumerism primarily through the mediums of screen print and lithography.