Suspended masked figures appear to fly and flail throughout the room as they are blown by currents of air. On the walls behind are watercolours of masquerades that move playfully at first but converge in death, in a mingling of the sexual and the destructive.
This work looks at the contradictions of the individual "made of innocence and crime..I discover myself as him, in other words as a monster." (Bataille)
The masks both impose and efface identity and their use echoes Freud's theory of the uncanny as one where..."the primitive beliefs we have surmounted seem once more to be confirmed."
This installation is viewed from the street through the windows and the glass doors of the gallery.
Natural Light Window Gallery
NW corner Adelaide and Portland Streets, Toronto, Ontario during the month of October, 1998 during daylight hours.
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