About Godin

Martin Godin is a visual artist from Northern Ontario, currently based in Ottawa. Martin uses slag rock as an artistic medium to explore themes of place, memory, identity and origins. His work has been exhibited across Canada, including at Nuit Rose as part of World Pride 2014 in Toronto (curated by the late Wendy Coburn). Martin is a recent MFA/MAV graduate from the University of Ottawa, where he received the Charles Gagnon Scholarship, and completed a BFA with Distinction from OCAD University in 2015. 

Artist Statement

My practice draws upon my background growing up in a small mining community in Northern Ontario——where the physicality of manual labour and working class expectations of masculine identity and sexuality were formative to my self-awareness as an artist. The paintings contain fragments of disposed slag rock extracted from the Sudbury Basin. My artistic process employs both unconventional and traditional painting materials to capture their alchemical interactions, and the interplay of figurative and abstract representation.

CV Highlights

Selected / Recent Exhibitions, Performances and Residencies

2021 – Emergent: Paydirt [Émergence: Bonne veine], Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d'art d'Ottawa, Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa, ON (January 23 to March 7, 2021)

2020 – Knock on X, Various locations in Montréal, QC, #BYOM, On-going

Cancelled 2020 – Paydirt: MFA Exhibition, Ottawa Art Gallery/Galerie d’art d’Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (August)

2020 – New Paintings, Studio 202, University of Ottawa/L'Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (Jan 10 to 17)

2019 – MFA Open House Exhibition, University of Ottawa/L'Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (One Night Only - Friday, Dec 13)

2019 – LJMNZC, Gallery/Galerie 115, University of Ottawa/L'Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (September 4 to 21)

2019 – Moth the Occupancy (Solo/performance), PS311, University of Ottawa/L'Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (August 27 to September 13)

2019 – Balboa/New Series Preview, University of Ottawa/L'Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (May 3-5)

2018 – MFA Open House Exhibition, University of Ottawa/L'Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (Dec 14)

2018 – A Slag Performance, Projet en plein air, Sudbury, ON (August, GPS location)

2017 – The Body Electric/Le corps électrique (Curated by Dr. Allison Crawford, Dr. Lisa Richardson and Bryn Ludlow), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Québec City, QC (International Conference on Residency Education, Oct 19-21) and Toronto, ON (Associated Medical Services Phoenix Conference, Nov 16-17)

2017 – ROCKS (Curated by Hannah Zanovello with Studio Béluga), Théâtre Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC (Vernissage and publication release April 18, 5-7pm, until June 24)

2016 – WTF Do You Paint?: Go Figure (Curated by Dr. Spencer J. Harrison and Lukus Toane), Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON (Oct 4 to Nov 28)

2016 – YAASSS! A Celebration of Pride and Diversity (Curated by Lorna McParland), Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, British Columbia (Opening reception Aug 4)

2015 – Art That Matters (Curated by Sarah King-Gold and Laurie McGauley), Gallery 6500 (Sudbury Arts Council and Steelworkers Local 6500), Sudbury, ON (Oct 18 to Dec 1)

2015 – 20/20: Vision/Hindsight (WAHC's 20th Anniversary Exhibition and Celebration) (Curated by Tara Bursey), Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Hamilton, ON (Sept 11 to Dec 18)

2015 – OCAD University GradEx (100th Annual Graduate Exhibition), McCaul Street Campus, Toronto, ON

2015 – Perspective (Curated by Claire Bartleman), OCADU Student Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015 – Festival of the Body (Curated by Wrik Mead and Natalie Waldburger), OCADU Great Hall, Toronto, ON

2014 – Speculations on Figurative Painting (Curated by Natalie Waldburger), OCADU Gallery 265, Toronto, ON

2014 – Bending the Horizon (Curated by Wendy Coburn), OCADU Graduate Exhibition Space - In association with World Pride 2014 and Nuit Rose, Toronto, ON


2018-2020 – Master of Fine Arts/Maîtrise en Arts Visuels (MFA/MAV), University of Ottawa/L'Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

2011-2015 – Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA with Distinction), OCAD University, Toronto, ON

Selected / Awards and Research Grants

2018 – Charles Gagnon Master's in Fine Arts Entrance Scholarship, University of Ottawa/L'Université d'Ottawa

2018 – Full Admission Master's Scholarship, University of Ottawa/L'Université d'Ottawa

2015 – Honourable Mention, Drawing and Painting Fourth Year Awards and Medal Program, OCAD University

2014 – Ron Shuebrook Award, OCAD University

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