Past Exhibitions

Steel Cut Dress-Barb Hunt

Paper Doll

16 September to 6 November

Paper Doll takes as its point of departure a little known archival collection of hand-made paper dolls and doll clothes by the poet Sylvia Plath that reveal her early skills as a visual artist and designer. Although historically regarded as ephemera, the paper doll operates within the feminine narratives of domesticity, fashion and celebrity culture. The exhibition provides a space for the interplay between the Plath material and the work of seven contemporary artists. Curated by Anne Koval the show includes an early short film by Cindy Sherman, a new immersive installation by Ed Pien, exquisite miniatures by Cyb√®le Young, large scale steel-cut dresses by Barb Hunt, the colourful embroideries of Anna Torma, an installation of cutouts by Jeannie Thib and the ephemeral paper doll chains of Lynne Yamamoto. Much of the artwork conceptualizes the interiority of child’s play as a fantasy world remembered, recreated and transformed. The themes of childhood, the cutout and visual perception are given new materiality and meaning by the artists in this exhibition.

This exhibition is scheduled to open September 16th to run until November 6th 2011 at the Owens Art Gallery, and will travel to the Mendel Gallery (Saskatoon, SK) in spring 2012 accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with an essay by the curator, produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, artsnb and a CultureWorks Development Grant from Mount Allison University.

Image reproduced by permission of the artist, Barb Hunt, Small Dresses, 1994, plasma-cut steel, 195 x 115 cm, purchased by the Canada Council Art Bank.


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