Martha Street Studio: Not Yet Earth by Madeline Mackay, January 11 - February 8

Exhibition dates: January 11- February 8, 2019

Opening reception: Friday January 11, 5-8pm

Artist will be in attendance

Artist talk: Saturday January 12, 2 pm

ASL interpretation available by request

Not Yet Earth explores the materiality of the body and the lines between sense of self, body, and inanimate material. Flesh and materiality permeate the exhibition, which is based on the artist's experience of illness. By repeatedly reconfiguring strips of discarded butchers' meat into patterns and structures, and interpreting this process through drawing, print and video, Mackay interrogates flesh as a material and asks questions about where the self ends and at what point the body ceases to be of the self and becomes other. Every series addresses a different aspect of these questions; CMYK screenprints break down colours so that one substance leaks into the next; videos animate the meat, giving it agency as an entity in its own right; a bank of etchings evidence the artist's repeated attempts to instill coherence into chaotic flesh. The show explores the anxiety that comes with recognizing the otherness of the body and renegotiating a relationship with it on new terms.

Madeline Mackay is a Scottish visual artist currently living and working in Calgary, Canada. She recently completed an MFA in Printmaking at the University of Alberta, Canada, and received her BA (hons) from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, in 2012. She has exhibited in juried, group and solo exhibitions in the UK and Canada and has received awards from institutions including the University of Alberta, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. She has taught drawing and printmaking at the University of Alberta as well as in community venues in Scotland and Canada. Her work is held in collections including the Royal Scottish Academy, Northlands Creative Glass, SGCI Archives, and University of Alberta Art Collections.


Martha Street Studio is located at 11 Martha Street. A loading zone is located on the street at the front of the building. Martha Street Studio is an accessible space with a lift and two accessible washrooms located on the second floor. ASL interpretation is available upon request for the artist talk scheduled on January 12th, 2pm. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday January 9th by emailing or calling 204-779-6253. These events are free to attend and open to the public.