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.
Brenna Maag is a printmaker, sculptor and arts educator. She is a graduate of ECUAD. Observation of Wonder is the culmination of four years of observation and research into her relationship with textile practices, ecology and science. She is interested in creating work that uses found materials and that investigates our relationship with nature and domestic activities. She lives in Mission, BC.
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.