2023 Grad Show

Jennifer Kinniburgh

AUArts Grad Show D2F0FBD9-CA10-4688-918E-90C2F33F50E7



Creating impression style landscape paintings, I invite room for human emotion to come through in the quality of the brush strokes and placement of bright colours.

The Invert

Blown glass forms are used to explore a relationship between the vase and the object. Clear glass allows the forms to rely on their technical elements to demonstrate a difference in structure and usage, while still emphasizing the use of a cone form as their base structure.

In the Garden

Using blown glass and house hold objects, this installation creates a playful depiction of what many gardens may look like in Spring. Using glass to mimic water, this work is able to create a frozen moment in time, displaying the unique relationship between glass and found objects.

Love Letter

Bright and vibrant colours capture the inspiration that the rapid changing of scenery in Fall can evoke. Through the textured paint and loose application of the brush strokes, the immediacy of observing such a fleeting season gets lost, allowing the viewer to sit with the work. With the season of Fall being so short and abrupt in Alberta, this painting allows the viewer a moment of undisturbed peace with Fall.

Mount Rundle

Inspired by the Rocky Mountains, this mixed media painting depicts Mount Rundle. Acrylic paint creates the form of the mountain, allowing it to be solid against the fluid watercolour sky. The two mediums together create depth, allowing more expression and movement to take place in the sky, while the mountain has deeper and richer colour, enabling the painting to be be grounded.


A monochrome colour palette displays a mountain range above a lake inspired by the Rocky Mountains. Focusing on technique, this painting provides a realistic portrayal of the Alberta landscape.


Focusing on architecture and the techniques used to represent architecture, this acrylic painting uses bright pastel colours, sharp lines, and blending to create a staircase. Although the painting represents everyday architecture, the colours used to recreate the image allow for a more playful and expressive depiction of the mundane.

The Remnants

Using glass panels and magazine clippings, this work focuses on the ever growing problem of global warming, specifically in the Arctic. Layering large and small glass shards within the magazine clippings emphasizes the depth of this global issue, as well as how substantial issues can be covered up or hidden within the layers of society. Cutting most of the glass pieces into small shapes puts emphasis on the melting glaciers and the lack of sea ice in Antarctica, making it difficult for animals to survive and hunt in the oceans, as well as affecting our sea levels and weather patterns.

Under the Sea

Using inspiration from the sea, this watercolour painting uses abstraction to influence a whimsical setting of the ocean floor. With bright and reflective colours, this painting uses loose brush strokes and pattern making to suggest solid forms (ie. sea life). The medium creates a fluidity within the work that correlates to the imagery, therefore reinforcing the narrative of the painting.

Water Droplets

This painting is intended to evoke a wide range of emotions. It explores the human perspective of floating in an ocean while it is raining, and all the personal feelings that may come from this experience. For some, the experience can evoke fear, while for others it may be a tranquil experience. The human perspective is emphasized by the use of a Bokeh effect, blurring the background. This is intended is to explore human experience, and the range of emotions that may be experienced from person to person.

What’s for Dinner?

This series of plates represent a political message of climate change and ocean pollution, as depicted by the painted images. Using cobalt blue and a glaze that mimics a porcelain white, these plates are inspired by historic porcelain Dutch ceramics, while mimicking design patterns most commonly found on paper plates. The images in the centre of the plates display single use plastic items that ultimately end up in our oceans, harming the sea life. The largest plate, featuring the two fish, represents the relationship that sea animals have with the plastics, where sea creatures may feed on the various plastics found in the ocean.

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