• Lac Cole Artist Residency

Updated: Aug 2, 2020

Alexandra Darbyshire Flood

Inaugural artist residency at The Shack

View across Lac Cole, Quebec, from the shore beneath The Shack. 

Jennifer Macklem, artist and founder is pleased to announce that Alexandra Darbyshire Flood will be the inaugural artist at Lac Cole Artist Residency in Mulgrave and Derry, Quebec.

The corridor of uncertainty

"I've already got a summer crush on The Shack at Lac Cole after a brief visit in June, where Jennifer Macklem and I began a discussion of how my residency could play out. I realised my time will be best spent making the experience entirely in situ, and see what free fall will bring to the table. I can see how this special piece of land sprinkled with pixie dust has a way of rendering me still, meditative and ready to roll the dice."

-Alexandra Darbyshire Flood

About Alexandra

Alexandra Darbyshire Flood is a painter based in Ottawa Canada. She studied painting at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York, and Turps Art School in London England. Alexandra has exhibited her paintings in solo and group shows in North America, and Europe, and has been recognized by national and international organisations with awards and honours for her work, including the Canada Council for the Arts and the Delphina Studios Trust, London, England. Flood is a 4 time nominee/longlist for the Sobey Award, and her work is in numerous private and public collections across Canada.

Artist statement

Alexandra's current work is comprised of small encrusted, gloopy oil paintings on canvas and burlap, and a selection of collage work assembled from torn pieces of painted paper, often stitched together, with raw edges rather than the clean edged traditional picture plane. She varies the scale, materials, and approach to mark-making in this series to avoid a repetitive singular context, instead pointing to a sense of expansiveness and random playfulness with materials including sparkle dust, embroidery thread, and paint impressions made with bubble wrap. Her work is presented as a conversation around the unknown, often with one foot in abstraction, the other vaguely suggesting the world we live in. Some pieces could be interpreted as microscopic lifeforms, dystopic landscapes. Others have an otherworldly presence which flutters underneath the layers and texture of paint, created in the moment out of pure instinct. In turn, Alexandra invites the viewer to ponder these atmospheres where the point of origin isn’t clear.

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Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Paying attention to particular incidents of biodiversity is a form of resistance, an unplugging from the solicitations of algorithms selling themselves and everything else. I am interested in the everyday intimacy of the natural world and how light penetrates or reflects from surfaces, layers and textures, and how it cavorts with water and iridescent insect wings, for example. The contemplation of living forms whose origins predate human emergence on the planet spark thoughts of expansive time, bearing witness and our ecological ancestors. During this era of global losses and disruptions, this residency offers access to fresh air and a green forest on the shores of a deep, clean lake.

Jennifer Macklem with her artwork Apis florea (pollinator), 2017 Handmade paper, vellum, twigs, silver leaf, pencil, iridescent film, pva glue / 290 cm x 290 cm. Collection: Kala Chaupal, India. Shown at the Kala Kendra Museum in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Originally from Montreal, Jennifer Macklem has taught and worked in France, Italy, India, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally and is featured amongst several public art collections across Canada.

Apis florea (pollinator), 2017 detail.

Sculpture installation by Jennifer Macklem

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  • Lac Cole Artist Residency

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Above: Alexandra Darbyshire Flood, Otnabog IV, oil on canvas, 61 cm x 51 cm, 2020

"I'm bringing along a bunch of random materials from my studio up to Lac Cole without over thinking it, then I'm going to let the environment speak to me. I have a good feeling The Shack has the power to crack open a part of my brain that may have been asleep after 3 months of lockdown in the city, in a little apartment. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, and I know other artists taking part in this residency in the future will feel the same."

- Alexandra Darbyshire Flood, June 2020

Goache on paper studies in the first few days of Alexandra's "Push the boat out" residency at Lac Cole, July 2020.

Curious fungi on a walk around Lac Cole, July 1, 2020.

Lac Cole.

Paper assemblage created during Alexandra's residency at Lac Cole

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