Therapeutic Approach: The Art Portfolio of Corla McGillivray
Corla McGillivray is an artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who takes an intuitive, therapeutic approach to her art practice. The artist’s works use a range of two-dimensional media and saturated, layered colour palettes.
Though Corla uses a variety of colour in each of her artworks, she still manages a fairly cohesive colour scheme across her entire portfolio. Blues, greens, and teals feature prominently, as do deep shades of purple and crimson. There’s an energy about many of the works that suggests the artist is exploring a certain mood or emotion, or simply letting her emotions guide the creative process to some extent.
The result is works that feel somehow personal and universal. While looking at one of Corla’s abstract works, I sense that though I may never know exactly what was going through the artist’s head while she was painting it, I can project my own feels and experiences onto the colourful, textural expanse. These works provide a unique viewing experience for each individual.