Territories incorporates a digital image of a polar bear found on the Endangered Canadian Species List on the International Fund for Animal Welfare web site. The image was enlarged to life size and sectioned into hundreds of small squares and placed into a mini ziplock bags. Like self contained preserved 'cells', each piece was carefully labelled, suggesting classification systems, and joined together with tiny key rings to reconstruct the polar bear. The work hangs from aluminum arms mounted to a small motor attached to the gallery ceiling. The mechanism rotates the image of the bear in a slow 360 degree loop of continuous motion -- mimicking the repetitious movements of the polar bear in a zoo enclosure.
Territories delineates conceptual ideas of human/animal/cultural relationships within prescribed spaces and artificial boundaries.
Cambridge Galleries - Cambridge, Ontario