Larissa Tiggelers holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Alongside her work as a fine art sessional instructor, she has served in a number of positions in artist-run centres, most recently as the Director of Stride Gallery. Tiggelers’ work has been exhibited at Jarvis Hall Gallery (Calgary), Christie Contemporary (Toronto), Erin Stump Projects (Toronto), Galerie D’Este (Montréal), The Bakery (Vancouver) and Paniki Gallery (Población Batan, Philippines). In 2013, her work was included in the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Her works are included in many private and public collections.
Larissa Tiggelers’ artistic process centres on withdrawal from external concerns, intensive attention to surface and contemplative colour mixing. Disregarding conventional colour theory’s efforts to standardize and rationalize colour, she instead embraces colour’s unknowability, entering into this unknowability in order to offer a place of quiet contemplation. In recent works, this is articulated in a discreet, almost shy colour palette and discernible activation of care through soft surfaces. Within her abstract paintings, her attention to colour is foregrounded through spatial ambiguity, even as gestures of authorship are minimized through the gentle, abstemious application of paint.