Concerned with the nature and being of the object in time, Tricia Middleton's sculptural installation and writing practices engage with the possibilities of things as beings and the processes through which living beings are rendered as things. With an emphasis on a certain makeshift clumsiness redolent of the unskilled handicraft object, Middleton's work often deals with questions of taste or aesthetic judgment as highly coded yet often passively received conditions arising more from subjective psychological conditioning than objective neutrality. Aesthetics can be understood as something her work performs rather than an intrinsic value to it. Middleton is intrigued by the modes in which a range of formalist tropes repeat themselves over time, especially the ways in which the most esteemed forms find their way into popular and mass produced culture so degraded in appearance. The delusional fantasies that surround objects in the atmosphere of fashion and home décor are of particular interest. Middleton is endlessly fascinated by the processes driving the ever-shifting standards of good taste that dictate a thing’s transformation from elegance or exalted form into kitsch.

Born in 1972 in Vancouver, Tricia Middleton currently lives and works in Paris. She attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1997) and completed her MFA at Concordia University (2005). Recipient of the Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton Award in 2010, her works are collected by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Oakville Galleries as well as multiple private collections. Her recent solo exhibitions have been mounted in multiple galleries throughout Canada, such as Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2015); Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto (2014); Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2012); Mercer Union, Toronto (2011); Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal (2009). Her work has been included in several group exhibitions, including Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2012) and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2014); Nothing to Declare: Recent Sculpture from Canada, the Power Plant, Toronto (2010); the Québec Triennial, Musée d’art Contemporain, Montréal (2008) and De-con-structions, the National Gallery of Canada (2007). In 2016, Middleton will be part of the touring exhibition Material Girls, organized by the Dunlop Art Gallery.

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