Barbara Zeigler’s artistic practice is structured around an extended inquiry into ever-shifting relations between ecosystems and human, cultural structures. Working in printmaking, photography, drawing, installation, and collaborative public art projects, Zeigler’s artwork seeks to prompt questions as to the character and consequences of our existing cultural paradigms. Such paradigms, with current environmentalist discourse as no exception, afford particular bodies and environments priority over others.
Cognizant of the way in which visual and linguistic materials construct non-human animals as particular types of subjects/non-subjects, Zeigler's current research seeks to understand the character and origins of these representations, with particular interest in the language used to represent British Columbia's fish populations and marine ecosystems.
Zeigler received her BFA in Painting and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Illinois. Additionally, she studied in Munich, Germany at the Akademie der bildenden Künste and the Universität München. She has taught at the University of Alberta, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Queen's University, and at the University of Illinois. Her work has been shown extensively in Canada and internationally and is in numerous collections such as the Dalarnas Museum, Falun, Sweden; Washington State Art Consortium, Seattle; Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alta.; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ont.; Artbank, Ottawa, Ont.; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Macedonia. Recent group exhibitions include the World Plate and Print Art Exhibition in Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea and Intersections and Counterpoints, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Recent solo exhibitions at the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, and at the Richmond Art Gallery, in Richmond, BC.
UBC Printmedia Research Centre