The publication showcases the works of Toronto artist Christine Davis. Our 2005 exhibition premiered a slide dissolve piece, Drink Me. In keeping with the title’s allusion to Alice in Wonderland, Drink Me is a fantastical scene of disorienting scale. Here figurative images are projected onto a field of oversized plastic flowers in lurid colours, creating a kaleidoscopic effect. As in her previous projections onto screens of feathers and butterfly wings, this fusion of moving images and surface creates a tactile cinematic experience. As described by the artist, the piece “explores haptic space where a thickening of the image occurs through the convolution of support and surface, interior and exterior, matrix and optics.” Christine Davis brings to this work an enduring interest in questions of identity and representation. Here she uses fiction as a way to prefigure autobiography. Her early photo-based art from the 1980s and mixed-media installations from the 1990s often incorporated text. In 2000 she began to produce time-based projection works that reveal her strong sculptural sensibility.
Intoduction by curator Helga Pakasaar. Essays by Barry Schwabsky and Janine Marchessault.
Funding for the publication was generously provided by Olga Korper, Olga Korper Art Gallery, Toronto
Designed by Barr Gilmore and printed by Transcontinental Litho Acme, Montreal