Donna Harraway wrote: "[Fiction is] liable to showing something we do not yet know to be true, but will know." Through the sculptures and photographs and text, Michelle Wilson is attempting this act of showing. At time scientific, at times emotive, they gesture to the efficacy and failings of rational and sympathetic approaches to being animal. They allude to a political horizon where other means of relatedness may be negotiated. "Living with animals, inhabiting their/our stories, trying to tell the truth about our relationship, co-habiting an active history: that is the work of companion species” (Harraway).
Originally a photo-based artist Michelle Wilson has expanded her practice to incorporate sculpture, textile and text based works. Wilson received her BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2005, and graduated with highest honors from the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa in 2008. She has recently defended her thesis, ANIMA: Visual Art as a Vehicle for Exploring Other Modes of Relatedness, at the University of Manitoba and will be graduating in the fall of 2015. Wilson represented Canada at the Recontres d’Arles in 2008, and more recently presented at the 14th annual Institute for Critical Animal Studies Conference. Later this year she will participate in residencies through Biophilia in Gatineau Quebec and the Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre. She currently teaches at Art City as well as at the WAG studio.
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