Larissa Tiggelers’ paintings are seemingly formal and deceptively flat, but through slow and sustained looking, their spatial ambiguity unfolds into perceptual richness. Her abstract work refuses traditional indicators of painterly authorship. By limiting the evidence of overt brush strokes these paintings accumulate soft surfaces. Where conventional colour theory seeks to standardize and rationalize colour, Tiggelers’ work embraces colour’s unknowability. She refuses to present tonal assurances and, instead, the paintings affirm colour’s perplexity and vitality through the changing impact of their proximate relationships. Care and attention make her paintings sites of reprieve, release and interruption amid widespread ongoing unease.
Larissa Tiggelers (she/her) holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Larissa served in a number of positions within Calgary-based artist-run centres, culminating her service in 2015 as the Director of Stride Gallery. Larissa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina, on Treaty 4 lands.
Tiggelers’ work has been exhibited at Christie Contemporary (Toronto), Norberg Hall (Calgary), Erin Stump Projects (Toronto), Galerie D’Este (Montréal), The Bakery (Vancouver) and Paniki Gallery (Batan, Philippines). Her works are included in many private and public collections including the Royal Bank of Canada, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Global Affairs Canada.