Olivia Johnston: Saints and Madonnas

September 15 - December 8, 2019

In this new and thought-provoking series of photographic portraits, Olivia Johnston's peers appear in the guise of Christian saints and Madonnas, as well as other biblical figures.

An artist with a secular upbringing, the Ottawa-based Johnston investigates the influence of Christianity within the visual language of Western art and wider culture.

Johnston is the fifth artist to be featured in CUAG’s Collection Invitational series. The series creates artist-led, open-ended opportunities to research and activate the collection through a week-long research residency at CUAG and subsequent exhibition. It stimulates the production of new artworks and fresh ways of seeing and thinking about the Carleton University collection.

Johnston has selected artworks from CUAG’s collection that depict or reference Madonnas, as well as works that contain symbols or narratives associated with saints that are brought into compelling conversation with her own works.

Curated by

Heather Anderson

Artists in the exhibition

Olivia Johnston