BARBARA HUNT: DRESS CODE
December 11 - January 31, 2015
Opening reception: December 13
Put on your best dress this holiday season! In the steel dress series Barbara Hunt is exploring the social construction of gender by playing with both contradictory and supportive correlations between material, image, and process, in order to present alternative visions of identity. Each metal dress in this series is fabricated from a single sheet of cold-rolled steel. Using a plasma-arc cutter, she creates delicate forms resembling textile patterns, images from nature, or forms traditionally associated with women. Hunt is particularly drawn to feminism's acceptance of domestic activities as a valid approach to contemporary art practice. Thus, Hunt considers the making of these steel dresses as “sewing with fire”.
Barb Hunt received a visual art diploma from the University of Manitoba and completed an MFA at Concordia University, Montreal. Her recent art practice has focussed on the rituals of mourning, particularly those of Newfoundland, and her current work is about the devastation of war: knitting antipersonnel land mines in pink wool, and creating works from camouflage army uniforms. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally. She has also been awarded residencies in Canada, Paris and Ireland. She has been the recipient of Canada Council grants, as well as the President’s Award for Outstanding Research from Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she teaches in the Visual Arts Program, Grenfell Campus.