Elaine Whittaker

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Other World 15, 2013 Microscopy Image 24 X 32 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and The Red Head Gallery
I Caught it at The Movies, 2013 Mixed Media
The Swarm, 2006 Wax And Mosquitoes 5 Ft X 4 Ft © Elaine Whittaker
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Representing galleries
Red Head Gallery

I am a Canadian artist inspired by an aesthetic in which art and science overlap. My transdisciplinary works consider biology as contemporary art practice. I examine the forces that make us human, from the foundational processes and materials needed to form an organism (water, heat, minerals), to exploring the microscopic world of cellular ecologies. Recent works have centred on the body as a site of infection, reflecting narratives and elements of anxiety found in popular culture, scientific research, and personal experience. My artworks have been shown in group and solo exhibits, nationally and internationally. These include, among others, Science Gallery (Dublin, Ireland), ARC Gallery (Chicago), Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), Red Head Gallery (Toronto), !dea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre (Toronto), Yukon Arts Centre Gallery (Whitehorse), McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton), Kunsthaus Santa Fe (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), Il Gabbiano (La Spezia, Italy), and the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (Michigan). I have been an invited participant in residencies, workshops and festivals on science and art, a featured artist on science and medical websites, and artworks have been highlighted in literary, academic, and medical periodicals. I am a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, and holds a BFA in Visual Art from York University in Toronto, a Fine Arts diploma from the Toronto School of Art, and a BA in Anthropology from Carleton University in Ottawa.

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