“It’s a really interesting cohort because there’s so many of us,” Pelc-McArthur says of her studio arts classmates. “It creates microcosmic art communities within the master’s program. I think that is a really beneficial aspect of this program.”
She was first interested in art at a very young age. “My first forays in art were through computers and screens,” she says. “That’s ingrained into my head when I’m making paintings. A lot of components in my paintings reference relationships between technological and natural systems.”
Pelc-McArthur’s work incorporates texture, colour and various motifs to capture the audience’s attention.
“I use a lot of bright, bright colours that are not really commonly associated with our natural world,” she says. “These colours both entice and repel, much like the feelings of captivation and disinterest born from staring at a bright screen with thousands of images scrolling past.”
All of this is very clearly shown in her painting, Trop, which earned Pelc-McArthur a place among the 15 finalists.
“I aim to express conflicts of meaning and respond to the positive and negative consequences of our online image-driven culture,” says Pelc-McArthur. “The ways we respond to and produce paintings are changing. Technologies grant us an infinite amount of information but in that, much of the clarity is lost.”