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 microscope is reflected in my work. Inspired by nature's beauty and complexity and informed by a Christ centered epistemology (see epistēmē; logos), I am interested in visually exploring the most basic of human intuitions - that life in all its forms, has been meaningfully and purposefully designed.
Through the use of micrographs (photographs taken by means of a microscope) and a mixed media use of materials, my intention is to invite the viewer to reflect upon my work and entertain the 'big life' questions that may arise from viewing these microscopically complex structures. My hope is that such reflections can perhaps can offer insights into questions often embedded deep within the human spirit regarding our purpose, existence and identity.
Inspired by my 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 interest 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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