Archival Pigment Print
9 1/2 x 15 inches
Cleave: a path in the wilderness Series
BIO: Penelope Stewart is a site-sensitive installation artist working across the varied media of sculpture and installation. Stewart was born in Montréal, Québec. She received an MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and in 2010 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA). Stewart’s work has been exhibited at such notable institutions as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Musée d’Art de Joliette, Québec; Musée Barthétè, Boussan, France; Ganna Walska Lotusland, California; Oakville Galleries, Ontario; Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Ontario; The Military Museums, Alberta; ACT Design Museum Canberra, Australia; Poimena Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Stewart lives and works in Toronto. www.penelopestewart.ca
STATEMENT: Responsiveness to space and engagement with its architecture, history and ideologies is central to my practice. Recently these interventions have explored the beehive metaphor in architecture, with connections between the symbolic, and desire and loss as metaphor for our utopian aspirations to return to the garden. Tending is part of a recent series from Cleave, a path in the wilderness which comprises a large installation of both beeswax sculptures and photographic works. The series takes its lead from the garden, as a site of contemplation, of remembering and of forgetting. Cleave, a path in the wilderness is part atlas or collection of ephemera gleaned from hands on observations and research at various garden sites. Tendingis an ethereal rendering and metaphor, simultaneously suggesting the burning, the trace, and the transformation of the detritus of the garden.