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Artist Biography

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Chloe Serenko (she/they), is a multidisciplinary artist based in London, Ontario, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine ArtsHonours Specialization in Studio Art from the University of Western Ontario. They have consistently achieved recognition for their excellence throughout their academic career. Serenko's artistic journey includes notable group, solo and juried exhibitions, such as her first solo show "The Waiting Room" at Good Sport Gallery in February 2024 and her graduate exhibition "Sincerely," at the artLAB Gallery in March 2024. Her curatorial projects, like "Midnight Oil" and "Nuit Violette" showcase her storytelling skills and commitment to community dialogue. Serenko is actively involved in professional affiliations like Forest City Gallery and Station Gallery and has held executive roles through her undergrad, such as VP Outreach for USC's Public Arts Commission at Western University. Through her creations and collaborations, Chloe invites audiences to explore her sentimental and emotional perspective on the human experience.

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Artist Statement

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" Through my artistic practice, I explore the realms of sculpture, installation, drawing, and painting, streamlining a narrative that explores the intersection of religious iconography, hyper-Baroque aesthetics, and the abstraction of the human form. Rooted in my evolution—from a Catholic upbringing to embracing pagan beliefs—I delve into the rich depiction of emotions and questions that arise from this transition.

 

My identity serves as a profound abundance of inspiration, manifesting in my work along with ideas such as self-worth, mental health, familial bonds, nuances of fishing culture, and the landscapes that define southern Ontario.

These themes coalesce to form a tableau that mirrors my internal struggles with self, intimacy, memory, body, gender, and soul.

 

In my recent explorations, I delve deep into the realm of materiality, viewing it as a collective body of work ripe for exploration. I find solace and inspiration in the alchemy of antique found objects and the transformative power of manipulated materials. With an unwavering focus on texture, complexity, and intention, I employ a myriad of mediums to evoke visceral responses and provoke contemplation.

 

My artistic inspiration traces back to luminaries such as Francisco Goya, Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon, Kiki Smith, Billy Childish, and Peter Doig, whose works have left an indelible mark on my creative psyche. Drawing from the expressive fervour of the Expressionist movement and the pioneering spirit of early Modernists, I strive to imbue my practice with a sense of immediacy and authenticity, seeking to transcend the confines of tradition and chart new territories of artistic expression. In essence, my art serves as a conduit for introspection, a mirror reflecting the facets of the human experience and the everyday.

 

I hope that through my work, viewers are invited to embark on their own journey of self-discovery, confronting the complexities of existence with courage and compassion. "

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