The nature of my practice is repetitive, accumulative and craft oriented. It often involves excessive task work and questions the ways in which we use time and how we think of ourselves. I hope to explore issues of temporality and identity using textiles, installation and performance, often with ephemeral materials such a band aids, Kleenex, tears and hair, possibly describing the fragility of the body and the ephemeral and transitory nature of our lives, possibly with some small humour and always with sincerity.
Andrew McPhail is a Canadian visual artist. He was born in Calgary Alberta in 1961 and studied at York University where he received his MFA in 1987. Living in Toronto in the 1980's and 90's his work focused primarily on drawing, often with pencil crayon on a polyester film called mylar. After moving to Hamilton in 2005, his practice shifted towards three dimensional work, performance and painting. His accumulative, craft oriented work reconfigures disposable materials such as band aids, Kleenex and pins into large sculpture and installations. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2013 was the recipient of the Canada Council International Studio in Paris. He is also cofounder, with Stephen Altena, of the Hundred Dollar Gallery in Hamilton, Ontario.