|Constructions of Femininity by Ingrid Mida at Loop Gallery|
Photo by Patricia Novju
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 www.ingridmida.com.