MFA Studio: #23 

Email: akirkegaard@ecuad.ca  or akirkegaard@gmail.com

Website: aidenkirkegaard.com

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/aidenkirkegaardart/ @aidenkirkegaardart 

Bio: Aiden Kirkegaard is a painter currently living/working in Vancouver. She received her BFA with a minor in Art History from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2020. In 2020, Aiden also received the Medal in Fine arts from the University of British Columbia. Her work has been shown at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Lake Country Art Gallery, Fina Gallery, Gallery Vertigo and the Rotary Arts Centre. Aiden acknowledges that she is a guest creating work on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

Keywords: painting, memory, daydreaming, childhood, colour, domestic space

Research: My practice is based on exploring the ways that memories are affected by and experienced through domestic space. I am fascinated with the idea that there are certain areas of the home such as; windows, ceiling corners, closets and doorways that can become portals for imagination, a way of entering into a different imaginative world. My investigative actions of putting paint on canvas have embodied a form of retracing and imagining spirited memories from my childhood. My research has started to investigate the following questions: Can paintings dream? Can paintings become vessels for remembering memories tied to home? How does chance vs. control affect the process of making a painting?

A selection of previous work: