Exhibition Runs: June 8th to July 31st, 2012
Closing Reception: July 19th, 7 to 8PM
At the UAS +15 Gallery
I beg you to touch me, is a sculptural diptych representing moments of critical self reflection and emotional repair. Cultivating my identity as a woman and the affects a partnership has on that identity act as departure points for my creative process. I find comfort in distilling anxieties into sculptures that do not depict my personal conflicts, but evoke the feelings involved through distortion and decay. The tension created in the work, the residue of performative processes and personal contact with the materials archives these intimate moments in time. The fragmentation and distortion of materials is essential in conveying a sense of inner conflict and turmoil in addition to quiet contemplation. I refer to my processes as being performative because the assemblage of the sculptures is dependent on a very direct interaction between my body and materials. Collecting my hair and manipulating it into forms are two ways in which I imbed my presence in the work as well as the viewers’ experience.
Kirstin Giles is a Calgary based emerging artist and recent under-graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design. In recognition of her artistic and academic achievements Kirstin is also a recent recipient of the honourary ACAD Board of Governors Award. Currently, her art practice investigates personal narrative through the re-contextualization of grotesque materials and ritualistic processes in the form of sculptural assemblages. I beg you to touch me, marks Kirstin's first solo exhibition in addition to her inclusion in many group exhibitions, including the The Third Space at the UAS in and I am What I am Sam at the Root Cellar Gallery, both in 2011.