Convoluted Beauty: In the Company of Emily Carr
The work of Emily Carr (1874-1945) is nationally respected for its pioneering of modernity in Western Canada. In her early career, Carr travelled to the United Kingdom to study art from 1899 to 1904, determined to expand her creative vision. Instead, her time there proved to be among the more challenging ordeals of her life, culminating in an 18-month hospitalization. Surprisingly, it became a formative point in her career, one where she resolutely declared her sense of her own Canadian as well as artistic identity. The project particularly examines her London years to explore notions of the artistic imaginary and artistic identity, reading through a variety of critical frameworks: the theme of exile, readings of affect and interspecies theory; an examination of hysteria and the clinic which moves beyond the psychoanalytic frameworks of the 1990s, and the concept of "unproductivity" in creative work. This project examines Carr's legacy through work by major international artists including Thomas Zipp, Louise Lawler, Mark Wallinger, Charlotte Salomon and new commissioned projects by Karen Tam, Marianne Nicolson and Joanne Bristol. The exhibition also includes work by Carr from major Canadian museum collections.