This is a teaser video we made for the forthcoming solo show of my dear friend, Anne Mourier. The work is part of a larger piece on women artists. Anne's show opens on Saturday September 7, 2013 at a new temporary space, built for this purpose, adjacent to the Invisible Dog Art space. Anne's work is both powerful and accessible.
In her first-ever solo exhibition, Anne Mourier magnifies her miniaturized meditations on memory, maternity, and humanity. Drawing from a childhood of invisible mothers and family secrets, Mourier’s sculptures, photographs, and works on paper keep up the appearances of a happy home while subtly symptomatic of a fraudulent façade. Delicate and quiet handmades, readymades, and personal keepsakes are vessels for the introverted voice of Mourier’s reflections on her youthful naïveté, their pristine pastel and white palette invoking a dialogue that questions the cleanliness of the family construct, the gratification of the domestic domain, and the power of denial.
Cleaning It Up will be the premier exhibition to christen the Invisible Dog’s new temporary gallery space, located adjacent to 51 Bergen Street. Designed by Mourier from reclaimed windows, this transparent time capsule combines the elements of a typical house into a single-room structure, nestled cozily and guarded safely in-between its taller neighbors. A sculpture in and of itself, the gallery continues Mourier’s investigation of glass as a medium and its inherent metaphorical implications as a tactic of keeping viewers out while still letting them see in. This voyeuristic view of what would otherwise happen behind closed doors allows viewers to follow Mourier as she tidies up her miscomprehension of the family model and shatters the moral lens she was raised to respect.
She thought she lived in a little box when she lived in a glass house.
Anne Mourier is artist resident at The Invisible Dog