Lani Maestro: Sing Mother (Twilight eats you)

20 October – 26 November, 2006

i want! i want! i want! 2000/2006

wood/gyprock structure with built-in small audio speakers (8 ohm) in each window opening, CD players with amplifiers, sound: intermittent raucous laughter, three hand-carved pine ladders, available light 

For this exhibition, internationally-known artist Lani Maestro presents several new works, as well as a reconstruction of herroom-sized installation i want! i want! i want! (previously exhibited in Montréal at the Galerie de l’UQAM). Interested in the experience of subjectivity and how subjectivity is situated, Maestro creates works that emanate a quiet, poetic sensibility yet place us physically and emotionally au point, treading a line between what is possible to say or know and what can only be experienced beyond language. Sing Mother (Twilight eats you) explores the relationship between drawing, language and the feminine in a series of texts in watercolour. Other installations in the exhibition use objects, sound or projected images to probe what Maestro calls “the crevices between sensuality/violence and that space of otherness/unknowing.” The accompanying catalogue will include an essay by curator Susan Gibson Garvey and a text by the award-winning Montréal-based poet Erin Moure. This exhibition is supported with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts and the NS Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.