Vanitas 1 165x140cm 2011
Vanitas 1 Detail 1
Vanitas 1 Detail 2
Vanitas 1 Detail 3
Vanitas 2 165x88cm 2011, with detail 3
PaperDoll exhibit detai 1, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB 2011
PaperDoll exhibit detail 2, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB 2011
PaperDoll exhibit, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK 2012
Paper Doll takes as its point of departure a little known 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 narrative, embodying the interior worlds of fantasy and play. While largely operating within the domestic sphere of the home, important links can be made to popular culture, glamour and fashion with the production of movie star paper dolls from the 1950s onwards. The exhibition provides a space for the interplay between the Plath material and the work of seven contemporary artists.
The exhibition includes an early super-8 film Cindy Sherman (video), new work by Jeannie Thib, Cybèle Young, and Anna Torma, an installation piece by Ed Pien and part of a previous installation by Lynne Yamamoto.
Much of the work conceptualizes the interiority of child's play as a fantasy world remembered, recreated and transformed. The themes of childhood, the cutout and experiential perception are given new materiality and meaning by the artists in this exhibition.
Anne Koval, Curator