Caulfield initiated his recent series of mixed media works in the Found Anatomies series by drawing on imagery from Andreas Vesalius’s well know 16th-century anatomy work, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem (On the Fabric of the Human Body). These anatomical references, which at times are clear and at other times are obscured with layers of printing or plate work, are paired with organic and architectural forms within veiled and abstracted spaces. In this way, the work attempts to point to the interconnections which exist within the fabric of all ecosystems, as well as to the difficulty of trying to capture this complexity within any knowledge system. Likewise, the figurative elements within the prints are interwoven with biological/botanical forms in a state of metamorphosis, suggesting cyclical processes of both decay and regeneration.
Sean Caulfield was named a Canada Research Chair in Fine Arts (Tier 2) from 2001 – 2011, Centennial Professor from 2011 – 2021, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta, living and working in Treaty Six territory. He has exhibited his prints, drawings, installations and artist’s books extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan. Recent exhibitions include: Dyscorpia, Enterprise Square Gallery, University of Alberta; The Flood, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Firedamp, dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton; The Body in Question(s), UQAM Gallery, Montreal; Perceptions of Promise, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA/Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta.
Join Us Thursday, November 24th for the Opening Reception, 7 - 9 pm