The Visitor, 1998-2000
A Series of Sculptural Works
various found containers, with fabricated interiors of wood and latex paint; dimensions variable
The Visitor series utilized pre-existing containers (boxes, trunks, cupboards, etc.). Taking design cues from the containers themselves, the interiors were transformed into minimalist, sculptural explorations. Inspired by a Martha Stewart culture of extreme organization, each interior was mapped with mathematical precision to house a multitude of tiny compartmentalized trays, shelves and drawers. Crisply tooled and painted in fresh Martha-esque luminous colours, each interior plays off the aged exteriors, creating curious juxtapositions that lend each object a unique personality, emphasized by such titles as Tart, The Executor, or Diva. The compartments remain empty, allowing the viewer to imagine what they might potentially hold, while simultaneously revealing the impossibility of obtaining Martha’s perfect world. In her catalogue essay, Ruth Kerkham writes that these works reflect “our desperate attempt to organize and thus gain control over our excessive acts of consumption and collection…”
The Visitor was first exhibited within the domestic spaces of Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, and subsequently toured to galleries across Ontario, including Museum London, The Art Gallery of Peterborough, and Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound.