Toronto Life Magazine called the title Constructions of Femininity for my upcoming show at loop Gallery "dreary and didactic", but nonetheless the mention in their select picks of art exhibitions to see in Toronto in June 2012 is a coup.
Constructions of Femininity is an exploration of the artifice of feminine dress and identity. This work juxtaposes the extreme silhouettes of 18th century dress with the armour of the modern day hockey warrior and was inspired by young women hockey players who have redefined femininity to include feats of courage, strength, and power. Hockey equipment has been transformed with feminine signifiers of ribbon, sequins and beading paired with silhouettes such as a romantic tutu or panier made out of armour-like mesh. The choice of materials is designed to invoke a Canadian identity: mosquito mesh for a tongue and cheek reference to our mosquito infested north, aboriginal beading techniques referencing the trading practices which founded our country, and hockey equipment as a reference to our national sport. This work is intended to be a whimsical celebration of the power of sport to redefine femininity.
Please join me for the opening reception on Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 2-5 pm. On the final day of the show, Sunday, June 17th there will be a Q&A from 2-3 pm, moderated by Peter Legris.
loop Gallery is located at 1372 Dundas Street West, Toronto (Dundas, west of Ossington). For further information, call the gallery at 416-516-2581 or visit their website at www.loopgallery.ca.