Ingrid McMillan (born May 20, 1960, Vancouver) is a German-Canadian painter whose work is about humanity. “I view the richly structured forest as a believable analogy for humanity. The forest offers a language for painting how we exist outside ourselves yet share a connected interior, our struggles and exultations of living a life. I trace the impossible gestures of trees to unmask patterns from one determination of being to another and construct narratives of figures dwarfed by dense growth and decay of nature being nature.”
“These figurative paintings are about the relational implications of the pandemic- imposed restrictions. I’m curious about how the meaning of being together is shifting to becoming a new ‘special occasion’. What is the pandemic teaching us about our humanity and our mutual interdependence?”
These paintings are about humanity. I am interested in relational conditions that support or interfere with human connection. Each body of work consists of multiple oil paintings grouped around specific themes. Ingrid holds a BFA (honours) and MEd (art) degrees from the University of Manitoba, Canada. She worked as art educator, school counsellor and art consultant in a progressive public school division, and is now painting full-time in Winnipeg, Canada.