Daphne Trees I
16 x 20 inches
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: In February 2013 I was Artist in Residence at Ganna Walska Lotusland, a 37 acre botanical garden estate in Santa Barbara, California. These eccentric gardens were the vision of Ganna Walska, the Polish Opera Singer and socialite whose driving aesthetic was excess, repetition and accumulation. This new series is a direct response to my experiences of living at the gardens and discovering Walksa through reading her memoirs. I began to think of her as a Daphne like figure. Daphne was caught in the threshold, in the in-between of space and time. The time travel of the gardens and Walska’s theatricality created a baroque dream space while simultaneously reminding me of the garden as a site of transformation, and constancy.