The Disobedient Dollhouse
November 10, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Jennifer Linton: The Disobedient Dollhouse
Opening Reception: Friday November 16, 7 – 9 pm
Vancouver-born, Toronto-based recent York MFA graduate Jennifer Linton’s art practice addresses gender-related issues and the experiences of both childhood and motherhood using a combination of drawing, print making and installation.
Here, Linton explores the interdisciplinary possibilities offered by the aforementioned media in her surreal installation The Disobedient Dollhouse. The artist constructs her dollhouse using lithographic prints to create trompe l’oeil walls, furniture and home decor, all of which display her diaristic approach to art-making. She then arranges dream-like, jointed, movable paper dolls within her 2-storey box-tableaux. These same paper dolls are brought to life in a stop-motion animation titled Domestikia: The Incident in the Nursery, 2012, which will screen as part Linton’s AGP exhibit.
Gigantic insects swarm across Linton’s hand-painted damask wallpaper, disturbing the inherent sentimentality with, as the artist puts it, “a dark, secret world that churns just beneath the veneer of domestic perfection.”