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Through the Looking-Glass | Lindsay Arnold | Project Space

March 6th - April 17th, 2014

Lindsay Arnold, The Wielder, charcoal, ink and collage drawing in vintage convex glass frame, 22" x 18", 2010. In the collection of the Estevan Art Gallery & Museum. Image courtesy of the artist.

From her studio in North Portal, SK, Lindsay Arnold produces artwork that explores themes of self-identity and social expectations. The women in her drawings are appropriated from Victorian advertisements, and their stoic expressions and stiff poses provide the perfect models for Arnold's manipulations. She seeks to present her featured figures in alternate ways, imagining what might lie beneath the surface and allowing it to flourish on the paper.

The eponymous heroine in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) navigates an at-times oppressive dreamworld that echoes the culture of restriction Victorian women were bound by. Alice emerges after rebelling against the absurdities of this world as a female who resists the Victorian ideals of womanhood, such as passivity, obedience and duty. Perhaps it is within the freedom of an individual’s fantasy world that stifling social domination can be subverted and overcome. Through Arnold’s convex glass, the complexities and fancies of archetypal Victorian women are envisioned in their own curious wonderlands. The results are a phantasmagoric collection of images: arms twist into tree branches like mythic Greek nightmares, and fanged plants, scissors, axes and bell-jarred prisons appear, hinting at strange narratives. The dark undertones are disturbingly offset by the women's impassive expressions.

This exhibition presents work from the EAGM's collection originally shown in the exhibition Rooted (December 2010 - January 2011), alongside a book work loaned by the artist.

Curated by Alex King

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