CIRCLES & WIGS is the collaborative alter ego of Jessica Groome and Ashleigh Bartlett. The two artists individually maintain artistic practices rooted in painting. CIRCLES & WIGS developed not out of a desire to overlap the two practices or to emphasize the similarities, but instead to develop an emergent practice.
Over the past two years, CIRCLES & WIGS has created drawings, paintings and installations together in Toronto (ON), Berlin (DE) and Boston (MA). As Bartlett and Groome live in different countries, they have conducted three intensive self-directed residencies in each other’s studios since 2015 to produce new work. The residencies, ranging from two to three weeks each, are highly productive. Speed, spontaneity, experimentation and play are all key components of their process.
CIRCLES & WIGS held their first exhibition in Toronto at the Howard Park Institute (2015). Their recent solo exhibition, "Make / Shift" involved a three-day performative installation at FELT Galleri, an artist run space in Bergen, Norway (2017). Recent solo exhibitions include "Best Friends Forever" at The Cube, Kamloops Art Gallery, B.C. (2018) and "The Sleepover" at The Lily project space in Calgary, AB (2018). The duo was featured in the Art Metropole blog (2015) and have donated an artwork for the C Magazine auction at Division Gallery in Toronto (2017). Recently, they were interviewed by Claire Scherzinger for the Overly Dedicated Podcast (2018).
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.