Underground refuges during global catastrophe:
Sunken Séance Meeting Hall 2020 2.5 x 5.5 m gouache on paper
Bev Pike is a Winnipeg artist known for gigantic immersive paintings of architectural utopias. Amid climate and pandemic catastrophes, she bases her research on three-hundred year-old subterranean shell grottos. Pike shows her work in public art galleries across Canada, most recently at the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), Museum London (London), and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery (Halifax). In addition, she is the recipient of major grants from the Canada Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. Pike also creates humorous, provocative and feminist Agony Aunt columns in artist books which are in international special collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern and others. She has been a guest speaker from coast to coast. Finally, as a long-time community activist, Pike writes evidence-based satire for the Winnipeg Free Press, CBC as well as other publications.
Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art www.ccca.ca
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