November 4 - November 26, 2016
Studio Series: Tristesse Seeliger
Gam Gallery is pleased to present works by Tristesse Seeliger - Flags for New Countries as part of our Studio Series, programmed on a single wall behind the main gallery space.
Tristesse Seeliger is a Vancouver artist working in mixed media using painting and collage. Her work has been featured in Scout Magazine, VancouverIsAwesome and Inside Vancouver, For Example (London) and Design is Kinky (Australia) amongst others. Tristesse has collaborated with Lululemon on window design and her work is in numerous private collections in North America. For the past two years she has been working on a body of work focused on geometry, territories, perception and cartography. Using the principles in mathematics of tiling and patterning, Tristesse disassembles and then reassembles maps that focus on the shapes, textures and colour to recreate new territories. Part abstractions, part designed object, these collages use universal language to communicate alternate modes of perceiving land and space. Recently Tristesse has begun working with the shapes as separate panelled colour-fields–using the relationship between the shapes to create the illusion of three dimensionality. These are painted acrylic panels handmade with fir frames and a magnetic backing which allows the viewer to switch the orientation of one or all of the panels to their liking. These panels are an exploration of colour and shape that can be added to or subtracted from to create new combinations because of the versatility of the mounting system.
Tristesse Seeliger has been an art teacher for 17 years with the Vancouver School Board, is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, a wife to David Crompton and a mother of two children.