Born in Calgary Alberta, Gillian Haigh is a visual artist based in Vancouver, BC in the unceded traditional land of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Gillian holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and her work has been featured in exhibitions across Canada including Trapp Projects (2020), The Morris & Helen Belkin Gallery (2019), and an upcoming solo show at the Port Moody Arts Centre in May 2021.
Grounded in painting, Gillian’s practice exists within the larger framework of queer theory/feminist thought which pursues the limits of our understanding and perception. Her research concerns the ’readability’ of images, materials and text, particularly the intersection of these semiotic systems. While text has a long relationship describing and demarcating painting and sculpture — particularly in discourse around conceptual art — Gillian is engaged in how, side by side, the descriptive power of materials and language may destabilize or unfurl.