About Jennifer Macklem, artist and founder of Lac Cole Artist Residency
Updated: Jul 21
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