Angela Gooliaff’s work explores parody, exaggeration through multiples and vulnerability— more specifically, the silent space between comfort and discomfort. The themes chosen mirror human behavior—trends, patterns in communication and question established socially acceptable ideas. For example, a past exploration involved illustrating QR-Codes comprised entirely of ants investigated society’s need to find connection and the idea of conformity was also addressed. The work generally seeks truly unique behavior within a culture bombarded with social conditioning inclined towards clones of extreme likeness.
The technical components of the illustrations rethink the use of line in contemporary practices. As mentioned by Robin Lynch the Curatorial Assistant of the Evergreen Centre that although there is a quiet contemplative nature to the drawing style, there is a contemporary design influence with stylized line and patterns. The line draws viewers in to the patterns comprised of hundreds of ants. At a micro level, the subject matter is biological—typically ants or flowers. The end result creates simultaneous sensations of attraction and repulsion, which employs parody to achieve this push pull effect.
Angela Gooliaff studied at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and lives in Vancouver. A selfdirected artist residency at The Banff Centre in 2009 led to a series of exhibitions throughout the Lower Mainland, Calgary, and Toronto. A board member for the Emily Carr University of Art + Design Alumni Association, she co-curates the Emily Carr Alumni Gallery, is a member of the Communication Committee and writes a monthly column called Artist Tag. Her work has been collected by a number of private collectors and can be seen at the Burnaby Art Gallery.