Gaye Jackson is a photo-based artist who lives in Toronto.  Her photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally and address environmental history, industry, and land use.  Her work has been included in publications such as Prefix Photo Magazine and Watch Your Head, Writers and Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis, published by Coach House Books. She is a founding member of The Tenth Muse Photography Studio in Toronto and a member of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. She is interested in traces of history in a landscape such as the wire found in Leslie Spit as remains from the demolition of buildings and community in Toronto from approximately 1964 to 1985. Her work about glacial Erratics exposes traces of geological history and the photograms of old bottles offer clues to a community long gone and northern industrial history. Jackson grew up in a small Ontario town in a family that encouraged exploration and a connection with the land, an upbringing that continues to influence her work.  instagram: gayejackson8

Selected Exhibitions

2020  Rogue Wave outdoor installation, Toronto Island, Erratics Revisited

2019/20  Public Art Project, Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto

2018  A Space Gallery, Toronto, vitrine exhibition, High Water Watch: defending the flood plain

2015/18  Public Art Project, Greater Toronto Airport Authority, curated by Lee Petri, Terminal 3, Pearson International Airport

2013  35th Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Gallery of Mississauga

2012  Points North, solo exhibition, Café Creperie and Gallery, Elora, Ontario

2009  Redux 401, curated by Erin MacKeen Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

              Island Narratives Past and Present curated by Delwyn Higgins, Toronto St. Lawrence Market Gallery

             The Nicholson Bottles, solo exhibition, INDEXG, Toronto

2008  Drift, two-person exhibition, NewGallery, Toronto

2005  The Nicholson Bottles, solo exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario

                Illumination, Group Exhibition, Curated by April Hickox, Prime Gallery, Toronto

                Salvage, solo exhibition, Rectory Gallery, Ward's Island, Toronto

2004  Cement Factory, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, US

2003  Water, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, two-person exhibition

2002  big/small curated by Christine Swiderski in conjunction with Planet in Focus International

              Environmental Film & Video Festival, OCAD Gallery, Toronto

2001   In Stone, solo exhibition, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto

2000  Persistent Documents curated by Ray Cronin, Canadian Consulate, Tokyo, Japan

1999   Quintet, Contact Photography Festival, Tenth Muse Studio, Toronto

             Territory, group exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto

1998  Persistent Documents, The Photographers’ Gallery, Saskatoon

             Selected Work, Din Gallery, Toronto

1997  Persistent Documents, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta

            Persistent Documents, Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, New Brunswick

            Persistent Documents, Owen's Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB

           A Seed in the Pocket of Their Blood, poetry by Rafi Aaron, group exhibition, toured Toronto,                Montreal,  Vancouver, Israel, Los Angeles, New York, 1997-2002        

1996  Persistent Documents, Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

            Tenth Muse Collective, group exhibition, Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto

            Travelogue, Or Gallery, solo exhibition, Vancouver, BC

             Persistent Documents, Le mois de la photo, Montreal,Québec

1994  Travelogue, solo exhibition, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto


OPzine, November 22, 2020, online publication, images from series A line in the sand, 2020

WatchYour Head: Writers & Artists Respond to The Climate Crises, published by Coach House Books 2020

Sonavista Sound, cover and inside images CD Interpenetration, 2016; Confluence, 2017

Prefix Photo 30, Erratics, 2015

THIS Magazine, March/April 2013, images accompanying fiction What the Belgian Wrote by Grace O’Connell

Sonavista Sound, cover and inside images CD Glowing in the Dark, 2012

Sonavista Sound, Aleatoric, 2011, with percussionist Geordie McDonald, a sound and image project

Words in a window, mystery in a bottle, review by Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail, August 29, 2009

Cover photograph, Surviving the Censor, the unspoken words of Osip Mandelstam, book by Rafi Aaron, 2006

Message in a bottle, review by Elaine Hujer, The Hamilton Spectator, May 28, 2005

Prefix Photo 10, The Nicholson Bottles, 2004

Catalogue, Water, text by Margaret Rodgers, May 2003

Sonavista Sound, cover and images, Bridge to Everywhere, 2002

Sonavista Sound, cover photograph, Out in the Open, CD by Sonavista Sound, 2001

Documents persist at Canadian Embassy Gallery, The Japan Times, January 30, 2000

LikeSmoke through a Keyhole: Symbolism and Metaphor in Contemporary Photography,David Hlynsky, BLACKFLASH, Vol. 13.2/Summer 1995

Catalogue, PersistentDocuments, Ray Cronin, 1995/94

Journeys into the Heat, Review by Oliver Girling, EYE, Toronto, June 1994


Travelogue, performed at Or Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. 1995; Gallery 44, Toronto, 1992

Motel, read on radiofreerainforest, Co-op radio, Vancouver and Banff Centre for the Arts, 1992

The Funeral, a performance about television and death, Company of Sirens Soiree, Toronto, 1988

Man in the Pinstriped Suite, a performance about Bay Street and the Dome, Joseph Workman Theatre, 1987

Emma, a bag lady’s story, A Space; Company of Sirens Soiree; Cabbagetown Festival; Actors’ Lab; Western Front, 1985-88

Private Collections

Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health(CAMH), BMO Financial, Capitol One

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