Model - 2003
Carrara marble, acrylic vitrine, wood, paint
Dimensions: 99cm x 122cm x 122cm (39" x 48" x 48")
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
Exhibition history: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, 2003, The Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, ON, 2004, Foreman Art Gallery, Bishop's University, Lennoxville, PQ, 2005, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2007, St. Francis Xavier University Gallery, Antigonish, NS, 2009, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS, 2012
Model consists of an arrangement of cut and stacked white marble pieces displayed in a table vitrine. From a distance the vitrine appears to contain the model of a city or a group of buildings, but upon closer viewing these structures coalesce into the symmetrically arranged floral motifs of a damask pattern. The work, originally produced as an intervention for the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, refers both to contemporary architectural models and to museum reconstructions of ancient sites. The Carrara marble connotes beauty, solidity, and permanence while at the same time conjuring images of the fragmentary artifacts and crumbling ruins of classical sculpture and architecture.