Concerned with the nature and being of the object in time, Tricia Middleton's artwork explores the potential of material as living force unto itself. Her recent work attempts to engage with the simplest gestures available as the best means for communicating the underlying energy, or spirit, of the material itself. Middleton wants most to allow her assembled materials the freedom to express the substance of its own spirit more clearly itself, potentially illuminating the relationships between these forms and how we may experience our own relationships to these more precisely. While recently living in Paris she was able to reimagine her artistic process as something she could use to connect to the inner life of all material form in both the natural world and the world of objects. Middleton did this through engaging what she imagined to be the psychoanalytic technique of transference wherein she would spend long periods of time in places contemplating the energy she found there as it suffused the shared encounters of these spaces in time. Here she sought to absorb the unique spirit of these experiences as much as possible, at times letting the various forms of existence she found here occupy her completely. Middleton does not consider this a therapeutic process but rather a way of developing new relationships to the phenomenon of the material world in order to transmit these experiences more consciously into artworks.

Born in 1972 in Vancouver, Tricia Middleton was recently living in Paris working on a years long writing project entitled, "Troubles With Boundaries." This work also includes a material component in the form of a collection of various related materials. 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). Middleton is currently part of the touring exhibition Material Girls, organized by the Dunlop Art Gallery.

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