Brenna Maag and Ingrid Koenig investigate scientific theories, naming and classification to view the formal aspects of daily existence and the poetics of nature’s diversity. Maag constructs a large dome or “conservatory” of fabric doilies along with a collection of cyanotype prints documenting different doilies as “specimens” akin to snowflake crystals. Koenig’s drawings and paintings represent everyday objects and activities utilizing the diagrammatic language of scientific illustration to reveal complex scientific theories at work in our daily lives.
Ingrid Koenig is a Vancouver-based artist and Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She studied in Paris for several years before receiving her M.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax. She has exhibited across Canada and in Europe. In 2008 she exhibited and presented Navigating the Uncertainty Principle for the conference “Figurations of Knowledge” at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin. Her current work reinterprets abstract theories as they relate to subjective experience.
Deborah Koenker is a Vancouver based interdisciplinary artist with interests in writing and curatorial projects. An Associate Professor at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, her education includes a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, post graduate work at Central St. Martins in London, England, and an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. Koenker has an extensive record of exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Mexico over the past 30 years. Her work is represented in 26 public collections in Canada and the United States.