Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist
Gillian Haigh is a visual artist based in Vancouver, BC working on the unceded traditional land of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Gillian holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and her work has been featured in exhibitions across Canada including Trapp Projects, Arts Umbrella Splash Action, and The Morris & Helen Belkin Gallery. Grounded in painting, Gillian’s practice engages with a larger framework of queer theory and feminist thought which pursues the limits of our understanding and perception.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Samples of my work
In science, computing, and engineering, a black box is a device, system, or object which can be viewed in terms of its inputs and outputs, while its internal workings remain mysterious; processing and implementation remain opaque or “black.” I often of material practice as a ‘black box’ system; it brings into play not only our knowledge about material and how to manipulate it, but the intelligence of material, understood as adaptive, self-organizing and irreducible to other frameworks. Listening and responding to the way material acts and reacts, I come to an entirely different way of knowing something. Grounded in painting, my work brings together a much broader research practice. Material investigations in my studio, writing, walking, reading: my work is how I think through my encounters with information and material.