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Virtual MFA Thesis Defence: Personified Spectre, Michelle Gagné-Orr

December 10, 2020 at10:00 am - 11:00 am


“The photographs in Personified Spectre are an exploration of my fears; of the things I see in the shadows. The large-scale black and white photographs explore spectres that are perceived and convey my experiences and anxieties. The rich grey photographic grains seemingly dissolve into the black shadows of the artwork and ghostly spectres haunt the frame. The figure in the photograph represents my fears and perceived threats, rather than the fear of a physical presence but something intangible – ghosts or spectres. Drawing on metaphysical and psychological theory and photographic history I re-enact the spectres before the camera to be captured and frozen in time by the film. The art work depicts the self, the self as the other and the absence of either. Personified Spectre invites the viewer into my mind to experience my anxieties through my large-scale photographs.”

Michelle Gagné-Orr is a lens-based artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She works primarily in analogue photographic methods. Personified Spectre is the conclusion of studies at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art Master of Fine Art program.

December 10, 10 am CST via Zoom.
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Thesis Exhibition: November 27 – December 18, 2020

Notice: In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the School of Art Gallery is temporarily closed to the public, but we encourage you to watch for additional media and virtual tours coming soon! ⁠


December 10, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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