Tricia Middleton‘s sculptures and architectural installations often engage notions of taste or aesthetic preference as ideological form, highly expressive of the times in which the various aesthetic strategies she works with emerged. Aesthetics can be understood as something Middleton’s work performs rather than an intrinsic value to it. Fascinated by the inevitable decline of all material towards collapse, Middleton at once collects objects from the world around her to juxtapose against repurposed relics from her studio production, amassing and grafting these items onto one another to create objects and environments that mimic natural processes of accretion and decomposition creating allegorical relationships between natural and historical processes in their mutual reflection of one another.
Born in 1972 in Vancouver, Tricia Middleton lives and works in Montreal. She attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1997) and completed her MFA at Concordia University (2005). Recipient of the Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton Award in 2010, her works are collected by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Oakville Galleries as well as multiple private collections. Her recent solo exhibitions have been mounted in multiple galleries throughout Canada, such as Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2015); Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto (2014); Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2012); Mercer Union, Toronto (2011); Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal (2009). Her work has been included in several group exhibitions, including Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2012) and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2014); Nothing to Declare: Recent Sculpture from Canada, the Power Plant, Toronto (2010); the Québec Triennial, Musée d’art Contemporain, Montréal (2008) and De-con-structions, the National Gallery of Canada (2007). In 2016, Middleton will be part of the touring exhibition Material Girls, organized by the Dunlop Art Gallery.
” Art is for me something that feels like really dense and complex energy forces harnessed to take on the form of objects, ideas, experiences as brought into being through transformative processes the artist undergoes to bring these forms into existence. For the artist these energies are already clear and available to be experienced in everything as it already is. Translating these forces into something tangible or that can be experienced collectively is something generous the artist does to help us better understand the complex processes at work in our world as they circulate and pulse through everything already in ways that often appear incomprehensible. “