Oil and acrylic on canvas
Originally from Montreal, Fiona Ackerman is a painter living and working in Vancouver, BC. Since completing her BFA through Concordia and ECIAD, Ackerman has exhibited across Canada and in Europe (London, Berlin, Nuremberg, Munster, Dusseldorf.) She was longlisted for the Sobey Prize in 2015 and received an honorable mention for the Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture in 2009. Recent projects include a building wrap mural in Vancouver, and a commissioned 10 minute video projection for the Façade Festival(Burrard Arts Foundation) which was projected onto the façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The series Glasslands looks at the garden as both a reflection of the natural world, and an artificial construction. According to Foucault’s concept of Heterotopia, a garden is an other place where the true wild is reflected but subversively controlled. It both imitates and contests reality by simultaneously presenting a wild environment and its opposite, an orchestrated performance of nature, a choreography of growth. The Studio Paintings series moves Ackerman’s exploration of studio spaces into other artists studios. The unfamiliar studios are reinvented on canvas, unfaithfully, used as a stage for new narratives.