Sandra Meigs

Basement Panoramas

In collaboration with Susan Hobbs Gallery

January 23 - March 1, 2014

Georgia Scherman Projects and Susan Hobbs Gallery are please to present an exhibition of new work by Sandra Meigs titled The Basement Panoramas

Meigs' new body of work delves into the artist's personal encounter with grief and recasts it as a universal experience. Each of the four massive, monochromatic paintings comprising The Basement Panoramas depict one of four distinct spaces: a cavernous cellar at a resort in New York state, her sisters' basements in Vermont and Pennsylvania, and the crawlspace under her own house in Victoria, BC. As the foundational structure of the home, the basement is viewed in psychoanalytic terms as a concealed and irrational space, a place where we hold our deepest fears but also our
memories. In these schematic-like paintings, Meigs illustrates these spaces in their entirety as ruminations on singular themes in the grieving process. From mortality to breathing to insomnia, and finally transformation, Meigs recasts these closed-in spaces as unexpectedly expansive zones for personal renewal.

Sandra Meigs was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1953. She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1975) and an MA in Philosophy from Dalhousie University (1980). Her work has been exhibited at the Ydessa Hendeles Foundation, Toronto; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; The Power Plant, Toronto; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montréal; the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa; and Open Space, Victoria. She has recently participated in group exhibitions at Museum London, London, Ontario; West Vancouver Museum, Vancouver; The Power Plant, Toronto; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. She currently lives in Victoria, BC, where she is a professor in the Visual Arts department at the University of Victoria.


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