January 30th – February 21st, 2016
Reception: Saturday, January 30th, 2-5 p.m.
Q&A: Sunday, February 21st, 2 p.m.
Loop Gallery is pleased to announce Mother and Child, a new exhibition by Mindy Yan Miller.
For her first exhibition at Loop, Yan Miller returns to a longstanding fascination with flesh. Using cowhides and calfskins that she has carefully clipped, patterned, and perforated, Yan Miller exposes the surprising fragility of these tough skins. “The material is very precious; these hides are the residue of a life and I couldn’t bear to waste them,” Yan Miller explains. The title derives from conceptually pairing hides and calfskins – at once a clever gesture at parent-child resemblance, and a painful reminder of the shared fate of both mother and child within the animal industrial complex.
Yan Miller’s work has long related to the body, and often engaged clothing, skin, or hair in monumental temporary installations. Mother and Child marks the beginning of a studio based practice, while sharing the spiritual and philosophical underpinnings that have defined her work for more than 3 decades.
Mindy Yan Miller was born in Sault Ste Marie and graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1990. She teaches Fibres and Material Practices at Concordia University. She has been the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec Arts Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Concordia Union for Part-time Faculty. Her work has been exhibited at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (Saskatchewan), The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), La Centrale (Montreal), Mercer Union (Toronto), Fe Gallery (Philadelphia), W139 (Amsterdam) and galleries across North America and Europe. Yan Miller lives in Saskatoon and periodically teaches in Montreal.
Image: untitled (universe), shaved cowhide, 56.25” x 56.25” (2015)