Jasmine Whiteley-Steel – An attempt to move past an avoidance of vulnerability (Reception)

March 7, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MNG Main Space
Address: Alberta University of the Arts, Main Mall, 1407 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4R3, Canada

The Marion Nicoll Gallery (MNG) Main Space Presents:
Jasmine Whiteley-Steel – An attempt to move past an avoidance of vulnerability

Exhibition Runs: February 26 – March 8, 2019
Reception: Thursday, March 7, 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall at the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly the Alberta College of Art + Design)

Standing in a home

Compared to in a graveyard

At a funeral dated prior to our deaths,

Follow the instructions

And let go of your own dead flowers

Let them pass into memory

Even though we are afraid

Poised to run, sensing danger of oncoming thoughts

Language capacitating our dread

Fear telling us to listen

Dread telling us to read closer to see dead

Losing that which we are close to

Bringing forth perpetuating anxieties, but also hopes

Be witness to your own.

Jasmine Whiteley-Steel is a Calgary based artist working through thoughts on the strengths of human vulnerability and how we cope with and react to feeling dread. They are interdisciplinary in their work, using jewelry, drawing, photography, text and performance to explore their interests. They have shown work solo and in groups at spaces in Calgary, and alongside visual art is looking to expand into poetry and published writings. Jasmine has participated on multiple juries, in the mental health residency: Hear/d through ACAD in 2018, and is currently involved in an internship with The New Gallery in Calgary.