This section of the portfolio is an archive of selected works dating from 1979 to 1988. It includes early sculptures made in Kingston Ontario, along with some documentation from the projects Caring/Curing: Women and Medicine, Trouble Dolls (for Béatriz Marroquin), and Eskimo Museum.
These student works were made in 1979-80, and allude to functional forms from the everyday world, such as beds, tables and lecterns. The main material used was reinforced cast concrete.
The body of work entitled Caring/Curing: Women and Medicine critiques the treatment of women in health care systems. The installation and tableau works incorporate found photographs and texts, along with oversized wood carvings based on medical devices and instruments. Some of these objects are represented here.
Trouble Dolls (for Béatriz Marroquin) is an artwork dedicated to the memory of Béatriz Marroquin, a young Guatemalan teacher and mother who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in December 1985, on the eve of her escape to Canada. The installation work includes tiny trouble dolls purchased from a souvenir shop, life-size sculptures based on two of the dolls, drawings, and newspaper texts.
This piece recreates, inexactly, the display of Inuit carvings and artifacts in the Eskimo Museum in Churchill, Manitoba (as I remember it from my early childhood). The museological manner of presentation raises questions about memory, authenticity and point of view.