at-home apothecary, OR EXTRA STRENGTH + PAIN RELIEF


JUNE 2 – JUNE 30, 2022

at-home apothecary, or EXTRA STRENGTH + PAIN RELIEF is an interdisciplinary body of work that incorporates painting, drawing, and printmaking. Pulling directly from my personal medicine cabinet, studio, and bedside table, these works replicate and probe the various prescriptions, homeopathic remedies, texts, and even clothing used in an effort to find solace and healing.

At-home apothecary draws from lifelong management of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and personal experiences navigating medical and cultural support systems prevalent in Western society. From paintings of psychotropic medications to drawings of used Q-tips, this work engages experiences of physical ailment, addiction, and mental distress and the various ways these topics are obscured in North American culture. 

Through these autobiographical visuals and texts, I create space to question and critique ableist language and systems that stigmatize the mentally ill experience. This work implores the viewer to encounter the material and embodied realities of these lived experiences. Collectively, at-home apothecary, or EXTRA STRENGTH + PAIN RELIEF confronts stigmas surrounding illness and the messiness of healing.

Artist Bio

K. MacNeil (they/them) is a genderqueer artist, educator and curator who was born and raised in the US. They maintain an interdisciplinary practice that encompasses printmaking, video, performance, and drawing.

MacNeil’s work has exhibited internationally in Paris, France; Beijing, China; Canada, and throughout numerous institutions across the US including the International Print Center New York, the Western New York Book Arts Center, and CEPA Gallery. They were recently awarded an Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Creation Project grant, awarded the Awagami Paper Award by the Print Center in Philadelphia, and are currently the Hexagon Mid Career Artist in Residence at Open Studio in Toronto.

MacNeil holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University at Buffalo and a BA in Studio Art from the College of Charleston. They currently serve on the executive board of SGCInternational, work as the College Printer at Massey College, and reside in Toronto, ON.

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Exhibition is generously supported by: