The Cold War Pieces comprise 95 digitally printed document-sized drawings. Based on historic information, emblematic images and pinhole photos taken by Maggie Knaus and Giuliano Pirani, these works feature how my drawings investigate the climate of fear associated with the cold war period. Through unique interpretive drawings, I respond to received information from different historical moments and places. Over a dozen motifs repeat throughout the series to construct and weave related themes and references.
These works were created during my residency at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. Have a look here.
Excerpted from the exhibition catalogue essay by Marcia Lea:
“… Bourgeois’ use of juxtaposition and the subject matter reference the photomontage work, Bringing Home the War: House Beautiful, 1967-1994, by American artist Martha Rosler made in protest of the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. Rosler contrasted the disturbingly different realities of the war zone, as represented by soldiers or casualties, with the idealized home in America, as depicted in magazines. … Both Bourgeois and Rosler bring together surprising images and symbols to raise issues concerning war. Bourgeois’ work approaches the Cold War from the perspective of the 21st century and although it is recent, it is history. While Rosler compressed ‘here’ and ‘there’, Bourgeois compresses the ‘then’ and ‘now’”.