Lot 144: Penelope Stewart

Ghost Trees II
Digital archival print
20 x 30 inches
Series: Ruin Gazing
Edition 2/3
Signed verso pencil
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

Penelope Stewart was born in Montréal, Québec. She received a BFA from York University and an MFA from SUNY at Buffalo. Stewart has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. Her large-scale photographs received First Prize at Photo-Op, Toronto, and an exhibition award at CEPA Gallery. In 2010 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and in 2017-2018 she was awarded a year-long fellowship at Open Studio, Toronto. Stewart has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and her work is in public collections throughout Canada, US, France, Australia, and the Czech Republic. In 2016 Stewart completed a private commission for Maison Alexandre Stern in Paris, France. Her work has been reviewed in major critical journals, books and monographs/catalogues and featured in anthologies such as Utopic Impulses, Amy Gogarty (2007); Craftwork as Problem Solving: Ethnographic Studies of Design and Making, Jenn Law (2015); Encaustic Works, Michele Stuart (2015); and Printolopolis, Jenn Law, Shannon Gerrard (2016).

Penelope Stewart is a Toronto-based artist working across the varied media of sculpture, installation, photography, works on paper and architectural interventions. Re-current themes address notions of cultural memory, of time and space and a considered approach to the relationship between objects, architecture and the places between these two places to intervene, inhabit and above all, activate. Whether it is her large-scale beeswax architectures or her trompe l’oeil prints and photographs, she hopes to bring a sensory intensification, a haptic quality to the encounter. Ruin Gazing, Stewart’s photo-based series, comprises projects exploring the duplicity of Utopian visions of the garden. Each reflects the fragility of our Utopian aspirations to transform nature through culture as a means to address our loss and desires. In ruins we seek the poetic enchantment of enduring material fragments of the past, in order to steal a glimpse of the future.

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