Tristesse Seeliger is a Vancouver-based artist working in mixed media using painting, photocopy transfers, collage, and printmaking. Collaging historical maps from the Geological Survey of Canada offices dating back to the 1960s, Seeliger fuses cartography and geometry to create new places and spaces that coax the brain to drift from the analytical to the sensory, and to delight in what is sensual, familiar, and universal.
"The Map is Not the Territory" exhibition poster
"The Map is Not the Territory" exhibition poster.
Using the principles in mathematics of tiling and patterning, the work disassembles and then reassembles maps that focus on the shapes, textures and colour to recreate new territories. These collages are part abstractions part designed object that use visual language to communicate alternate modes of perceiving land and space. The viewer can see the art objects as a collection of tiny map events or as an intact experience, as the work transforms what was into something new.
Tristesse Seeliger has been an art teacher for fourteen years with the Vancouver School Board, is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, a wife to David Crompton and a mom of two beautiful children.
This exhibition is running concurrently with David Crompton: "Common" at Remington Gallery and Studio.