Toronto-based visual artist Margie Kelk takes an exploratory and experimental approach as she appropriates and reconstructs visual fragments of ideas through diverse media that include ceramic sculpture, drawing, and animation. Recent one-person exhibitions include UnderSee at the Red Head Gallery (2018), reference:gesture (2017) at reference: contemporary, Toronto, Ontario; Substratae (2017) at Harcourt House Artist-Run Centre, Edmonton, Alberta and Counterpoise (2015) at the Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
Margie Kelk’s first award-winning stop-motion animated film, Substratae (2015) has been featured in over sixty film festivals nationally and internationally, including The New Renaissance Film Festival, London, UK, Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival, organized by Hamilton Artists Inc., the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, and the New York State International Film Festival, in Albany, New York. She received numerous awards for Substratae, which include the Los Angeles Film Review Independent Film Awards Bronze Award, Los Angeles, CA, USA, and the Award of Excellence from the New Renaissance Film Festival, London, UK. UnderSee (2018), an animated film co-directed by Margie Kelk and Lynne Slater, has been screened in over 40 film festivals nationally and internationally including the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, California, USA; BlowUp Film Festival/ Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival, Chicago, IL, USA, and the Portugal International Film Festival at the Pestana Palacio do Freixo, Porto, Portugal.
In May, 2019, Survivor, a cast aluminum sculpture by Margie Kelk, was featured on the official Tumblr blog of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Forthcoming exhibitions in 2020 include In:Flux at the Red Head Gallery, Toronto.
Margie Kelk is a graduate of Wellesley College, the Johns Hopkins University (PhD.), and the Toronto School of Art diploma programme. She is represented by reference: contemporary, Toronto and is a member of the Red Head Gallery, also in Toronto.