Tiggelers’ artistic process centres on withdrawal from external concerns, intensive attention to surface and contemplative colour mixing. Disregarding conventional colour theory’s efforts to standardize and rationalize colour, she instead embraces colour’s unknowability, entering into this unknowability in order to offer a place of quiet contemplation. In recent works, this is articulated in a discreet, almost shy colour palette and discernible activation of care through soft surfaces. Within her abstract paintings her attention to colour is foregrounded by spatial ambiguity, and gestures of authorship are minimized through the gentle, abstemious application of paint.
Larissa Tiggelers is currently living and working on Treaty 4 lands. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA with distinction from the Alberta University of the Arts. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she served in a number of positions within Calgary-based artist-run centres. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Regina.
Tiggelers’ work has been exhibited at Norberg Hall (Calgary), Christie Contemporary (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Erin Stump Projects (Toronto), Galerie D’Este (Montréal), The Bakery (Vancouver) and Paniki Gallery (Batan, Philippines).