Throughout the evolution of my art practice, I have explored a wide range of mediums to convey my most intimate contemplations. I have attempted to push the viewer experience by combining contemporary and Indigenous concepts. I find that this approach often creates interesting reactions stirred by questions about the relationships between the materials or imagery represented. The most consistent element of my art practice has always been my research methods and concept. I typically explore cultural identity, race relations and traditional versus contemporary Indigenous values. Moving forward, I would like to focus-in on material exploration in sculptural and installation work. My artistic expression feels stifled by 2- dimensional mediums such as printmaking and traditional work in previous years. I feel compelled to create immersive experiences that can completely transform the viewer experience with empowered grace. This can be a space where a powerfully surreal experience can happen, like a spiritual encounter. This concept is close to my heart and I would love to channel the depth of Indigenous spirituality in a contemporary setting in this immersive way. Using sound and light I want to recreate spiritual encounters in the bush. The excitement and fear combined creates a powerful sensation, as you begin to feel that deep and ancient connection to something far beyond contemporary comprehension. There is much to explore here, that I believe has not been brought to a contemporary setting in this way before. I think this approach is an exciting opportunity for myself and all who will experience this work. This residency would provide the space and resources to build works that I otherwise would make if not for lack of such to create them.
My website: www.Ilonamcguire.com
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