Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ingrid Mida's Exhibition Constructions of Femininity at Loop Gallery

Constructions of Femininity by Ingrid Mida at Loop Gallery
Photo by Patricia Novju
Ingrid Mida's exhibition Constructions of Femininity was selected by Toronto Life Magazine as one of five art shows to see in Toronto in June 2012. Bridging the worlds of art and fashion, she has juxtaposed the feminine silhouettes of the 18th century period with the armour-like equipment worn by hockey players. The pairing of mesh paniers, romantic tutus and petticoats constructed of mosquito mesh with hockey equipment that has been altered through hand beading, embroidery and stitching of ribbon, creates whimsical narratives that begs the question of how is femininity constructed.

Inspired by historic photo archives of women playing tennis and mountaineering while wearing crinolines in 1870s and 1880s, as well as women hockey players playing in long skirts in the 1890s, Ingrid also interviewed young female hockey players before undertaking this project. Their passion for the sport was defined by feats of courage, power, and  strength while using equipment designed for men, which often leaves them vulnerable to injury especially if they have curves.

The exhibition presents a complete hockey team including an alternate goalie. Each sculpture is named after a member of the Vancouver Amazon's, a women's team from the early part of the 20th century. Designed to provoke and delight, this exhibition has been a traffic stopper, with casual passersby stopping to express delight and awe at the highly original nature of this work.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, June 17th. loop gallery will be open on Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 5 pm and on Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. Ingrid will be giving a talk at 2-3 pm on Sunday. Visit her website/blog at