- Marina Roy
- 60+ colour and greyscale
- 230 x 150mm
- Spring 2021
Taking encyclopedic form, Queuejumping eloquently unspools manifestations of capitalist, colonialist, agrologist, and scientist impulses–all within the context of the letter Q. From queens, queers, quadrupeds, and the Quran to quick, quiddity, and quotidian, artist and scholar Marina Roy masterfully presents research-based art writing, poetry, lists (Q without U: words for Scrabble), found images and piercing essays on humankind’s hunger to supersede the other in order to preference what Roy calls “the vertically-directed world.” Moving effortlessly between the macro and micro—from millions of years of organic decay to the the contemplation of contemporary art—Queuejumping is concerned with the origins of hegemonic forces, what is lost by winning, and what is gained by stepping out of line.
Queuejumping is an appropriate image-action for stealing time—for those who are in a hurry to get there and yet never seeming to be able to get ahead.
Marina Roy, Queuejumping
is a Vancouver-based artist working across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, animation, video, and writing. Roy investigates the intersection between materials, form and meaning in her artworks through research into materiality, ecology, post-humanism, and psychoanalysis. She is interested in creating new visual languages in which human, animal, plant, mineral and microbial life coalesce into new formations, challenging the way industrialized countries think about the natural world we inhabit. In 2016 she completed an ambitious mural-fountain installation for Offsite (a temporary public art space), which broached ecological issues through using tar, bitumen, and plastics (paint).
In 2001 Roy published Sign after the X (Artspeak/Arsenal Pulp), a book that revolves around the letter X and its multiple meanings in Western culture. Roy has participated in exhibitions and screenings nationally and internationally. She is Associate Professor of visual arts in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia. In 2010 she was recipient of the VIVA Award.
This publication is made possible through funding by the Canada Arts Council and BC Arts Council.
With a nod to encyclopaedic organization, Queuejumping is a reference for navigating the Anthropocene.More Info