Gina Duque is a visual artist and graduate from Western University in London, Ontario where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree. Originally from Cali, Colombia, she immigrated to Canada at the age of 11. Gina resides in Guelph, Ontario where she works from her home based studio.
My work strives to manifest a sense of ethereality and mystery while being grounded in the familiar and scientific. A fascination with the purposeful design of the natural world is reflected in my work through the use of micro and macroscopic perspectives, organic forms, textures and patterns.
Inspired by a personal experience with cancer, the ‘Body’ and ‘Micro’ series embody a microscopic examination of the body as it relates to disease, restoration and renewal. I am interested in exploring the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the self in a holistic manner, integrating perspectives from physiology, psychology and Christian theology.
Captivated by other microscopic life, this perspective has expanded to include the exploration of plants, particularly seed structures, exemplary in showcasing beauty, complexity and the awe-inspiring process that is growth and life expressed at various stages.
I construct my works using found materials as a way to appeal to the familiar and instigate a curiosity that entreats a closer inspection by the viewer. I am inspired by imagery derived from micrographs, medical imaging technology and hand drawn scientific illustrations that inform my technical approach of exploring the immaterial aspects of life and the natural world.