WINNER | JURORS CHOICE AWARD – JUROR, HOLGER KALBERG – $2,000
In her interdisciplinary art practice, Jessie McNeil addresses themes of place and memory with an emphasis on cultural history, identity and language. Her figurative paper-based collages, which she calls “portraits of place” are made with the eye of a street photographer, while fulfilling the artist’s need to cut, paste, smudge and assemble. McNeil holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and has completed her first artist residency project at the Estonian Printing Museum/Studio, Tartuensis in Tartu, Estonia. Since her graduation in 2013, McNeil has shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout British Columbia, Toronto, Ontario and most currently, in the coastal town of Viimsi, Estonia.
Lunch Break in Les Tuileries | 14.25″ high x 19″ wide | Collage on paper
“Lunch Break in Les Tuileries” is an example of McNeil’s fresh and detailed approach to capturing life in urban environments. With the medium of collage, the artist examines the variations of colour, movement and texture in the world around her. The brilliant August mid-day light in this Parisian park dances over the two women taking part in an everyday ritual of eating lunch. After capturing these types of scenes with her camera, she recreates the moment later in her studio, by assembling tiny pieces of printed media.