Ingrid McMillan is a Canadian painter. Her paintings consistently explore the human experience in this digital age. They are an imaginative response to psychological and emotional interpretations that either support or interfere with the human connection. Each body of work consists of multiple oil paintings grouped around specific themes. During research and production, new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of paintings. Ingrid holds a BFA and an MEd degree in art education, both obtained at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Her work is held in public and private collections in Canada, the US, and Europe.
I LOVE YOU ANYWAY, Berlin 2019
These paintings are about relationships and romancing our shadow to arrive at self-love. They were made in the context of the energy and culture of Berlin, where I was an artist in residence at // GALERIE 102. I think about the discomfort of facing our shadow, in Jungian psychology, that we unknowingly hide from ourselves until it appears suddenly like a stranger, exposing the opposite of whom we think we are—a bully, an addict, a victim, a blamer, a liar, and so on. I imagined a more disarming reality of untangling the ugly bits in ourselves to be like mining for gold, softly enveloping humanity, deepening intimacy, making us more balanced and loving.