An MFA in painting at the University of Guelph in 2005 and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003. She has exhibited her work in Canada, the United States and China. In 2009 she received special mention as a finalist in the Kingston Prize National Portrait competition, and was named as a finalist in the 2011 Kingston Prize Competition. Her work was included in the 2009 Biennial at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and in 2010 at the XX/5 Invitational Biennial at Fisch Haus in Wichita, Kansas. Since 2012, her work has been included in several exhibitions at Manifest Gallery and Creative Research Center in Cincinnati and her work was included in their publications International Painting Annual 4 (INPA 4) and International Painting Annual 6 (INPA 6). In 2019, Eileen founded the Arthur School of Art from her home studio in Arthur Ontario, where she teaches art to adults, teens and children.
About the Works
I have been working with memory, misinformation and para fiction in my paintings for several years. My process for Co-Create was to paint a visual narrative into an existing completed work, record the changes using stop motion animation, then completely remove any trace of the painted interventions from the original painting. The only record of the process is the animation, which acts as a kind of memory that can only be shared by those that have viewed it. I collaborated with Guelph based musician Silas Chinsen who created the audio as a narrative voice that informs the imagery, timing and movement of the additional painted elements.