Bev Pike is a Winnipeg polymath. Since 1993, she has been exhibiting her large-scale paintings across Canada from two series: Microscopic Remains and Hysteria Chronicles. This work investigates perceptual regimes that create spectacle, that extend beyond the frame and engage the viewer in a complex spatial relationship. Pike also writes neo-baroque satire, artist-books and creates videos about women’s research.
Major Arts Grant Project: Bizzaria View: Painshill
This project hybridises architecture, body and land. Pike’s large painting entitled Bizzarria View: Margate is the first piece in her new Folly series. She is using two-dimensional paint to evoke the mystery of being within an underground shell-encrusted grotto. Each new painting will be part of a gigantic Baroque serpentine of passageways and chambers. Bizzarria View: Painshill will continue Pike’s investigation of theatricality and grand illusion.