Michelle Paterok: At Dusk
August 11 – September 10, 2022
Closing Reception: Friday, September 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
In her painting practice, Michelle Paterok considers how spaces are experienced subjectively, how these experiences are reconstructed in our memories, and how the affordances of painting contribute to representing subjectivity. Finally, she asks what role painting might play in addressing the environmental urgencies of the present moment.
At Dusk is a series of paintings investigating the poetics of colour and light in the context of domestic space. Paterok aims to express a specific emotional atmosphere of a space, seeking to depict time unfolding in the static frame of a painting. In his 2018 book Being Ecological, Timothy Morton argues that our current historical moment is haunted by a sense of unreality: “Being in a place, being in an era, for instance an era of mass extinction,” Morton writes, “is intrinsically uncanny”. This is the lens through which the artist reinterprets her quotidian surroundings. In seeking out the poetics of the everyday, these works quietly appreciate and mourn its impermanence. In an effort to counteract both personal and collective anxiety, Paterok gestures towards finding beauty in that which is often be overlooked.
Michelle Paterok is a visual artist from Edmonton, Alberta, currently based in London, Ontario, where she is completing an MFA in Visual Arts at Western University. Paterok received a BFA in Art and Design from the University of Alberta in 2016. In 2018, she was the Canadian Artist in Residence at the Vorres Museum in Paiania, Greece. She has presented her work in solo and duo exhibitions in Canada, Greece, and Japan. Her work has been supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). At Dusk is her graduate thesis exhibition.
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