autoportrait à Toronto, site-sensitive work developed for Significant Details/Détails pertinents, Carol Laing curator, Glendon Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 1992
My piece was conceived for and created around an opening panel in the gallery wall that revealed a window onto the front door of the building. The partially opened wall panel provided the only light source for the piece. The reflective surface of the window mirrored the blueprint placed on the back side of the panel. Adjusting the eye’s focus, one catches the fleeting image of the blueprint ‘tattooed’ onto the bodies of those passing quickly between the inside and the outside of the building.
Inside the gallery, painted vertical bands of deep blood red delineate separate yet contiguous spaces between two modified commercial picture puzzles propped on narrow mirror shelves. Missing pieces from the puzzles revealed partial narratives below the surface. With the presence of the gallery visitor and with three small oval wall portraits, I wanted to speak to the material body as it is invested with social relations.