Dialogues with Notman’s Portraits of Women
Over the past several years, I have spent a great deal of time at the McCord Museum in Montreal, immersing myself in the tens of thousands of images of nineteenth-century portraits of women held in the Notman Photographic Archives. In 2016, I produced phase I of the 3rd installment of Belle de Jour, which is inspired and informed by William Notman’s portraits of women. The first phase of this series was shown in an exhibition curated by Zoë Tousignant at the FOFA Gallery at Concordia University.
Recently, I was invited to be the artist-in-residence at the McCord Museum. This residency program invites contemporary artists to critically reflect on the museum’s collection and encourages them to explore and interact with the archives to create a body of work for display in a solo exhibition. I am using this opportunity to dig deeper into specific Notman female subjects and conduct more visual research on the use of props and backdrops employed in the nineteenth century. The culmination of this research will be presented as a solo exhibition at the McCord Museum in May 2018.