The installation Primavera in Sospeso (Spring on Hold) reexamines Botticelli’s Primavera, an iconic image that is often romanticized and commercialized, deconstructing and re-framing the late-Renaissance masterpiece and its ubiquitous postcard format within the artists’ personal perspectives.
The exhibit uses materials often found in both Jennie Suddick and Anna Rose’s practices (including paper, plastic, wool, and synthetic hair). An initial sense of familiarity with the subject and the materials is destabilized, woven into an immersive environment to be navigated by the viewer.
The two artists constructed elements of this project remotely, beginning the process of unravelling and expanding the subject matter within the specific contexts of their different environments. Over the residency period, the initial installation will expand through new works and material explorations that will further dissect elements and influences of the original artwork. The artists invite you to learn more about their individual practices and dig deeper into where they converge.
Anna Rose has lived and worked in Florence, Italy since 2004. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2014. Her work spans photography, video, costume and installation with a sensibility towards the relationship between body and environment, entering into conversation with historical, psychological, and cultural mythologies of place.
Jennie Suddick is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. She has exhibited in Canada, U.S.A., Europe and Asia. She earned her MFA from York University and holds both a BFA and Advanced Visual Studies Certificate from OCAD University. Her work deals with identity, place and meditated relationships to nature.
The exhibit is on display until June 9 at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
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