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Visual artist Hailey Guzik

Hailey Guzik is a visual artist from Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada. She received her BFA from Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB) in 2017 and currently lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. Her artistic practice questions traditions of landscape in art through material exploration in painting, assemblage, installation, and new media.

Abyss, Oil on Masonite panel, 5x7 inches, 2018.
Abyss, Oil on Masonite panel, 5x7 inches, 2018.

Challenging the fictiveness and realness within her own perceptions in response to her immediate surroundings and in the process of creating, transforms her experiences into physical representations. Using deconstructive acts of simplification and symbolizing, her work finds repose when invention disrupts abandoned attempts at mimicry. She was a recipient of an Emerging Artist Creative Grant from Artsnb New Brunswick Arts Board in 2017. Her work has been exhibited in across Eastern Canada, as well as included in auctions and small publications.

Quarry Fire, oil on canvas, 20x24 inches, 2018.
Quarry Fire, oil on canvas, 20x24 inches, 2018.

Both paintings are part of a larger body of work titled, Translocations. This series of paintings and assemblages explore personal memories and observations of Eastern Canada. Using collage, repetition, and recollection as the primary mechanisms within this project, the following questions are considered: What images can I recall from my immediate and remembered environment? How do my experiences growing up in rural New Brunswick affect my interpretation of urban Montreal? What happens when memories fuse? How do material and psychological limitations initiate the fictionalization of these experiences? Translocations was made possible thanks to the Artsnb New Brunswick Arts Board. 

Quarry Fire depicts a place in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, where youth and students go to have bonfires and parties with friends. The quarry is no longer operational and has since become over grown. A small footpath guides visitors through the woods to a small cliff overlooking a small quarry lake. This painting is based on a painted study that was made from memory.

Abyss is a painted study of an imagined lakeside landscape. It is inspired by childhood memories of lakes and bodies of water that I experienced growing up.

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