Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Shelagh Keeley Visual artist

Shelagh Keeley on drawing as poetry – primal, visceral, ephemeral.

Video by Maya Annik Bedward

“She deftly addresses pertinent issues of representation, gender, colonial histories and hidden structures of power.”

At the core of Shelagh Keeley's work is a drawing practice that is based as much on a corporeal conceptual response to her research and readings in philosophy, politics, anthropology, poetry and art history, as it is on the careful observation of the body and everyday objects.

Over the past four decades through her work that also includes photography, film, artist books and wall drawings, Keeley has deftly addressed pertinent issues of representation, gender, colonial histories and hidden structures of power. Her work has therefore had significant impact for its thematic relevance and material dexterity, laying bare the use of her hands, body and mind.

Gaetane Verna, Director, The Power Plant (nominator)
Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator / Associate Director, Vancouver Art Gallery (nominator)

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