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The Errand and the Epiphany

The Errand and the EpiphanyMcGill Library
March 21-May 15, 2017

The Errand and the Epiphany
Photo-based collage work by Jessie McNeil
Presented in association with Capture Photography Festival 

In her figurative street-scene collages Jessie McNeil takes the perspective of the flâneuse—the keen-eyed observer, contemplating the ever-evolving nature of urban culture, signification and memory. Featuring everyday studies of environment and wonders, The Errand and the Epiphany, reflects on how built spaces impact human participation in public life. McNeil’s meditative and meticulous process of collage-making, based off of her own photographs of city dwellers, re-communicates the light and texture found in the streets, capturing moments when the miraculous and fleeting is confused with, or transformed from ubiquity. 

About the Artist:
Jessie McNeil (b. 1987) is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist. Her work contemplates human relationship to the "path" and how environments are constructed, navigated and documented. Her work addresses themes of place and memory with an emphasis on cultural history, identity and language. McNeil has exhibited locally and internationally since receiving her BFA in Visual Arts at Emily Carr University in 2013. She completed an artist residency project in 2014 at the Estonian Printing Museum/Studio, Tartuensis (Tartu, Estonia). In 2015, McNeil won the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists, along with two other nominated Canadian artists. That fall, McNeil also received a Juror’s Choice Award at the Salt Spring National Arts Prize Exhibition. McNeil is represented by Elissa Cristall Gallery (Vancouver) and has works in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Art Rental and Sales program  held in private and corporate collections throughout North America and Europe.

Image Credit:
Jessie McNeil, Bus stop (Tartu) II (detail), 2016, mixed media collage on paper, 12 1/2 x 13 x 1/4"