Jarvis, Simone

Painting, Sculpture, and Installation

Artist statement

-- Open studio Sunday 18 September 2022 --

Simone Jarvis (born Calgary AB, 1990) is an artist currently making work in Bergen, Norway where she moved in 2020 from Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting from Emily Carr University and a Masters in Fine Art at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD) under the University of Bergen (UiB).

The procedure of abstraction gives agency in the act of observation and therefore the potential for understanding which can be applied to the things we witness in the everyday and the social systems we are a part of or counter to. The personal is abstract, and therefore the personal is political. Painting is the same emotional and psychological space as the place where you negotiate the self. My artistic practice seeks to explore personal abstraction through painterly abstraction and how it has the capacity to reflect upon interpersonal complexities and narratives.
The sculptural paintings can be seen as figures, they perform as a body for paint to coexist with - an amalgamation of materials, light, colour, and paint. Material qualities help to propagate the painting's use of composition and form while pointing to abstraction and the extension of psychological space into pictorial space.

Møllendalsveien 17
5009 Bergen

Telefon: 45845526
E-postadresse: simonemariejarvis@gmail.com
Web: http://simonejarvis.com


born 1990, Calgary AB, Canada


2022, MA in Fine Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Music, and Design (KMD) - University of Bergen (UiB), Bergen, Norway

2014, BFA, Painting, Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD), Vancouver BC

2009, Alberta College of Art and Design (Transfer), Calgary AB


2022, Picnic, masters degree exhibition, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

2022, Prøverommet, Nye Bokboden, Bergen, Norway

2021, Loner, Gallery Fi4e, Kode. Solo show. Bergen, Norway

2021, Zip Friction, Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen, Norway

2019, Where the Tide Meets the Stream, Sunset Terrace, Vancouver BC,

2018, How The Wet Sock Flower Revealed Itself, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver BC

2018, Parking Lot Platform - Starts Working Instantly, Temporary Investments, public installation on Granville Island through The Chain and Forge, Vancouver BC

2017, Period Pieces (A Sunset Terrace Retrospective), Projet Pangée, group show, Montreal QB

2016, Is Crimson the Colour Blue? solo show, Field Contemporary, Vancouver BC

2015, How Long Can You Contain an Echo?, Field Contemporary, Vancouver BC

2015, Towards a Fictional History of Colour, Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF), Vancouver BC

2014, Selected Works by Graham Landin, Field Contemporary Satellite Space, Vancouver BC

2014, Macro Paintings and Sculptures, solo show, Avenue Gallery, Vancouver BC

Installation of paintings with various titles, Picnic, Bergen Kunsthall
My Body is Not Here With Me, Picnic, Bergen Kunsthall
Installation image of Loner, Galleri Fi4e, Kode
Detail of Loner #1, Loner