Georgia Tooke is a contemporary artist and a graduate of the University of Victoria. She is based on the unceded lands of the Lekwungen people, the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ nations, otherwise known as Victoria, BC. Tooke uses video, performance, installation, painting and sculpture to examine life’s delicious pleasures and the depths of our sinister subconscious. Fascinated with how performance is present within every aspect of her life, she pulls from her background in the theatre to explore female sexuality, rodeos, power dynamics, breakfast, family psychology, and the idea of fabricated femininity.
The delicious pleasures are found within her physical works, where she creates sculptures out of paint and unconventional materials focusing on themes of consumption, immediacy, and appetite. The sinister subconscious explored within her video and performance work utilizes herself, over-the-top costuming and non-verbal language -- such as subtle mannerisms, facial expressions and behaviours -- to communicate a subjective narrative to the viewer. The creation of a character informs a unique narrative; some characters explore a combination of loneliness, shame and the conventions of feminine sexuality, whereas others take on humour, playfulness and lust. With the marriage of these mediums comes a theatrical, sensory experience, saturated with aesthetic and desire.
Tooke co-founded the Jiggle n Juice Collective in 2020. Since its creation, she and her partner have co-curated a virtual video exhibition, Are You Still Watching?, which featured artists from around the world. Jiggle n Juice recently launched a series called JAWBREAKERS, where they explore and have critical discussions on different topics within the landscape of visual art.