De l’intérieur vers l’extérieur
Exhibition: November 4 to 26, 2022
Vernissage and Artist-guided gallery tour: November 3 at 6 pm
Art Hive with Justine Skahan (in-person): November 26, 12:30 am to 2:30 pm
In Skahan’s work, the house is a metaphor for human relationships: both need continuous upkeep and deteriorate if left unattended. In this exhibition, the artist considers the idea of shelter more broadly as a desire for permanence and certainty, and the role that home ownership plays in our cultural psyche. In this context, her drawings and paintings of tents and other improvised structures are metaphors for vulnerable psychological states, evoking the current reality of those in more precarious housing situations.
Justine Skahan was born in Montreal, QC, where she currently lives. She obtained her BFA in Studio Arts with Distinction from Concordia University in 2010 and her MFA from the University of Ottawa in 2016. In 2015, Skahan received the Stonecroft Foundation Venice Scholarship, and in 2016 received the René Payant Award, both from the University of Ottawa. She has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally and was a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Skahan has participated in artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (KIAC) in Dawson City, Yukon in 2018, SÍM residency in Reykjavík, Iceland. Recent exhibitions include Skill Tree at Honey Ramka Gallery in Brooklyn, NY (2019) and a solo exhibition, HAZARD, at Galerie.a in Quebec City (2019).