Reimagined between the shadows, wonder held in the light.

Aiden Kirkegaard

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Series of paintings installed in the Libby Leshgold Gallery.

Artist Statement

Aiden’s thesis research investigates how the physical and material processes of painting can elicit memory and dreaming. Through the material research of painting, this thesis explores what memory could look like and how it behaves. Painting for Aiden becomes a mode through which she accesses personal memories and imagines alternative realities. Her physical studio space becomes a dwelling place for dreaming. Mixing acrylic paint, engaging with colour, building shaped canvases and putting brush to canvas all encompass a process-based approach to research within this thesis. In the large-scale shaped canvases, imagery of doorways and windows from her previous homes function as a place of origin. Memories, even those unremembered, line the walls of the spaces we grew up in, they are embedded and woven into its architecture. This imagery is used as a space to hold and embrace playful mark-making and colour application. While their reference to home architecture is rooted in real spaces, her paintings are also imaginary. Moments spoken and movements made in these spaces are transformed into form and colour. The painted mark traces memory; with liveliness it manifests into a visual representation of daydreaming.

MFA Thesis Exhibition

Reimagined between the shadows, wonder held in the light (A series of twelve paintings).

Acrylic and oil pastel on shaped canvases. Sizes of paintings range from 11×14 to 84×96 inches. 2024

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Aiden Kirkegaard is a painter working in Vancouver and a recent 2024 MFA graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Aiden received her BFA with a Minor in Art History from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2020. In 2023, Aiden received the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award (CGS M) for her research studies at Emily Carr and the Gathie Falk Visual Arts scholarship in 2022. Aiden also received the Medal in Fine Arts in 2020 from the University of British Columbia. Aiden has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and has an upcoming solo show at Dal Schindell Gallery in July 2024. Aiden has also participated in group exhibitions at the Seymour Art Gallery, the Lake Country Art Gallery, the Fina Gallery, Gallery Vertigo, the Rotary Arts Centre, and the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. Aiden acknowledges that she is a guest creating work on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

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