Smoke Signals

June 18 – July 18, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18, 6-9 pm

Image as word, word as image. Title as reference, image as obscuration.

Painted images are stand-ins for words and sentences. The meaning of a painting is created through the relationship between forms and symbols as in written language. These paintings are constructed by filtering words/sentences/titles through a personal vocabulary of symbolic imagery and associative references. Much of the imagery represents modes of representation: writing, diagrams, illustrations and symbols. Spray paint and stencils are used to create abstractions, looking towards graffiti's collapsed delineation between words and form.


Deirdre McAdams is a visual artist living and working in Vancouver, BC. She is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2008), and the Victoria College of Art (2003), where she studied painting. She was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2011 RBC Painting Competition, as well as a prize in 2010 from Canadian Art Magazine for her writing on contemporary art. Her recent exhibitions include group shows at Unit/Pitt Projects, Field Contemporary, Wil Aballe Art Projects (Vancouver), Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts in Brooklyn NY, and a solo show at CSA Space in Vancouver. Upcoming exhibitions include a group show at the Elissa Cristall Gallery in Vancouver.