Maggie Groat, Other Visions & Tools for Alternatives
September 12th – October 5th, 2013 | Opens: Thursday, September 12th, 6-9pm
In her first solo show at Erin Stump Projects, titled Other Visions & Tools for Alternatives, Maggie Groat reconfigures found materials, including fence boards, decommissioned press photos, and other gathered fragments, to assemble collages and sculptural tools that enable moments of envisioning. Anchoring the show is Fences will turn into tables, a sculpture which draws attention to lasting legacies of Western ceremonies of possession through transforming used fence boards into a communal table. Surrounding works, serve as documents of on-going research into the interdisciplinary potential of artistic intervention and envisioning.
Maggie Groat is a visual artist working in a variety of media including collage, sculpture, artists’ books, site-specific interventions, and field studies. Forming an ongoing research-based practice, her work explores studies for possible futures, relationships and reconnections to Indigenous land and the interdisciplinary potential of artistic intervention and envisioning. Maggie’s site-specific project FREE LANDis featured in Nuit Blanche 2013 and is part of Micah Lexier: One, and Two, and More Than Two curatorial project at The Power Plant opening this Fall. Maggie studied visual art and philosophy at York University before attending The University of Guelph, where she received an MFA degree in 2010. She is currently divides her time between St. Catharines and Toronto, Ontario.
The artist wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council