Gina Jacklin (Duque) is a visual artist and graduate from Western University in London, Ontario. Originally from Cali, Colombia, she immigrated to Canada with her mother at the age of 11. Gina resides in Guelph, Ontario where she works from her home based studio.
My work strives to bridge the gap between the immaterial and material world to manifest a sense of ethereality while being grounded in the familiar and scientific. An exploration of biological systems and their 'hidden' structures as seen through a micro level perspective, is reflected in my work. Informed by both nature's complexity and a Christ-centered epistemology (Greek of epistēmē , meaning 'knowledge', and 'logos' meaning 'logical discourse'), I am interested in visually exploring the most basic of human intuitions - that life is purposefully designed.
Through the use of micrographs (microscopically derived images) and other aesthetic and material choices, my intention is to invite the viewer to reflect upon questions that arise from viewing such complex structures, offering insights into questions embedded deep within the human spirit regarding our purpose, existence and identity.
Inspired by a personal experience with cancer, these micro-explorations were initially conceptualized through the Body series, which explores the body's design in relation to disease, restoration and renewal. This approach has since materialized to include the exploration of plant life, especially seeds, exemplary in showcasing the awe-inspiring process that is growth & resilience expressed at various stages.
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