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Emily Pelstring, Let Her Out, 2018, broken mirror and glass-plate hologram.  Collection of the artist.
Any Saint: Emily Pelstring
Davies Foundation Gallery
27 April–5 August 2019

Season Launch Reception
Thursday 2 May 2019

Emily Pelstring’s solo exhibition plays with outmoded imaging technologies and simple special effects to create a space for immersive, transformative viewing. Amid several evocations of barely-restrained spirits, figures of mystic women emerge, summoned from slow shimmering animations.

Any Saint experiments with traditional narrative by fragmenting stories across sculpture, installation, holograms, animation and video. Driven by feminist and gender theory, Pelstring approaches her work by merging DIY aesthetics, performance experimentation and humour.

Emily Pelstring is a media artist whose work spans installation, performance, animation, and video. Emily holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Film/Animation/Video, and an MFA from Concordia University. Her work has been shown internationally in galleries, film festivals and music festivals, including Transmediale Berlin, Seoul International New Media Festival, L’Alternativa Independent Film Festival Barcelona, NeXT International Film Festival Bucharest, Antimatter Media Art Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Pop Montreal, the PHI Centre, Khyber Centre for the Arts, FoFA Gallery, Powerhouse Galerie La Centrale, and the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery. Her work has been supported by residencies at the Experimental TV Centre, Studio XX, and SAW Video Association. She has done visual commissions for musicians including Aids Wolf, AroarA, Julia Holter, Slim Twig, U.S. Girls, and a Prism Prize nominated video for Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Her ongoing collaborative projects are Inflatable Deities (with Jessica Mensch) and The Powers (with Jessica Mensch and Katherine Kline). She has taught Media Production at Concordia University and is now teaching in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University.

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