EXHIBITION: Fabulous Beasts | Illustrated works by Caitlin McDonagh
DATES: September 24 - October 23, 2016 (EXTENDED!)
OPENING/VERNISSAGE: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 1-6 PM, artist in attendance (to coincide with Chinatown Remixed Art Festival)
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Possible Worlds presents the illustrated works of British Columbia visual artist Caitlin McDonagh in Fabulous Beasts.
Inspired by bestiaries of the past, McDonagh reflects on the blurred line that separates humans from animals from otherworldly beings, creating an alternate reality where are all forms of life are seen as equal. Reminiscent of creatures such as dragons, griffins and centaurs, these new imaginary creatures take their own place within traditional folkloric backgrounds, rich with symbology and mythical elements. By mixing fact and fable in Fabulous Beasts, McDonagh comments on the precarious balance between life and death, chaos and peace, and good and evil, universally present in the myths of diverse lands, cultures and histories.
*Curatorial text by Possible Worlds Co-Director, Melanie Yugo
Caitlin McDonagh is a visual artist born and raised on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and currently resides in Powell River, British Columbia. She creates intricate illustrative works that are deeply inspired by folklore, storytelling, traditions, architecture as well as various real and un-real sources. She works in a base of acrylagouache paints that lend well to her attention to detail, pattern work, and vibrant colours.
We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.