As an object maker who works primarily in fibre, I am invested in the communicative power of materials. As the labor-intensive nature of this work involves a lengthy process, the resulting objects are imbued with an intensely embodied subjectivity, the outward form reflecting an internal process of engagement with the self.
Gillian Collyer has been a practising artist since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1995. In 2004 she completed an MFA in the Fiber & Material Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gillian has exhibited her work in galleries in Canada and the U.S. She has received support from both provincial and federal funding bodies. Her work is in the collections of Museum London, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Since returning to Toronto in 2008 she has been teaching at the Ontario College of Art and Design and continuing to exhibit her work.