Title: Untitled (no longer on site)


Artist: Penelope Stewart   Exhibition year: 2010

Penelope Stewart: While walking in the woods a couple of years ago I began to imagine what if there was a huge glass bell jar at architectural scale hidden amongst the trees. I decided at that moment to site and photograph my real glass domes in the Northern Ontario boreal forest. It was soon clear to me that I wanted the inside of the bell jar to be empty and the reflection of trees on the outside, contrary to the function of the bell jar. Then when the photograph was enlarged to architectural scale, and installed in the forest, Cloche, became a blind, an illusion or a suggestion of an architectural folly. I liked the inversion and the tension between the wild or seemingly disorder of the forest; the reflection of the forest on and through the glass jar; the transformation of the domestic object to architecture; the siting in the forest and the photographic process itself which further suggests trace and apparition. All these layers merge together and explore intrinsic paradox, metaphors and blurs which enhance the experience of this imaginary site or daydream of the garden.

Penelope Stewart was born in Montreal and graduated from York University, Toronto with a BFA (1989) and an MFA from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo (2007). In 2009 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA). Her work has been exhibited in touring solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally with key exhibitions in Canada, Australia, France and the U.S.A.