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The Last Swim
Brynn Higgins-Stirrup & David Woodward
February 15- March 19, 2013
Reception: March 9, 6-8 pm
Artist Talk: March 6, 2:30 pm

The Last Swim considers individual experience in relation to notions of holistic or universal truth and is informed by personal experience and observations of the politics of youth. For the exhibition, the artists have produced collaborative and individual paintings, drawings, sculptures and collages using materials from analog photographs, internet sources, vintage magazines and internal visual space. The exploratory nature of self and its external constraints, which arise through socialization and classification, are the tenants of questioning within the works on display. Further exploration of psychological texts, the writings of Joseph Campbell and consideration of confessional artists such as Tracey Emin provide information and context within which the work lives.

Brynn Higgins-Stirrup is a fourth year student in the Fine Art Programme at Queen’s University. Throughout her university career she has traveled extensively. She completed her first year of study in England at the Bader International Study Center and has recently returned from a residency exchange at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

David Woodward, The Diver, coloured pencil on paper, 2012

David Woodward is a fourth year student in the Fine Art Programme at Queen’s University. In the past year, he received the First Place Award for Outstanding Artist at the 2012 Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Exhibition, as well as an honourable mention at the 13th annual Drawing Exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery.