I am as unfaithful to abstraction as I am to representation and prioritize the immediate working image before me.  I seek stylistic boundaries and incongruities. The ‘terms’ of my painting work are under continual formation because - in an age of globalized art where continual evolution substitutes the development of movements - ‘Painting’ itself is under continual renegotiation. 

The materiality of my work can be characterized by layers and erasures of brushstroke techniques. The surfaces oscillate from matte to glossy films. Sections of iridescent acrylic peek through veneers and blankets of space-defining oil paint. 

Sci-fi tropes, screen aesthetics, and the flotsam and jetsam of ‘60s psychedelia inform my work as much as ‘Painting’ does. Macro-Microcosmic conceptions conflict with and populate the painted spaces/systems on the canvas. 

I hope the jarring confusion resultant from attempting to reconcile incongruous elements will offer the beholder the pause of disorientation. Some shared experiences of the now.


Pelc-McArthur participated in residencies and exhibitions in the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States. She was nominated for the 2018 RBC Prize for Painting and was the 2019 recipient of the Nancy Petry Award. She just successfully defended her MFA at Concordia.

b. 1989 Toronto, ON currently lives in Montreal, QC
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