If you missed Candida’s last show Shifting Landscapes, here’s a photo recap with a little behind the scenes Q&A called 5 questions with Candida Girling.
By Tara Cooper
What’s your elevator pitch for your current show?
“Shifting Landscapes explores the notion of the contemporary landscape in a world altered by human interaction”, to quote David Saric, who reviewed the show in ArtToronto.
What was your strategy for the install at Loop? Were there any challenges?
I tried to position the works, which were in 3 media (ink drawings, wood that was engraved, carved and painted, and steel sculptures), in a way so that they spoke to each other. Ultimately, all of the works began with drawing and then brought to life through these different media. This was a relatively easy install, in contrast to some of my recent multi-media installations!
How do you spend your time when you’re not working in the studio?
Walking in the woods and the city, reading Italo Calvino, listening to music and practicing yoga.
What artist living or dead would you most like to have dinner with? What would you order? What question would you ask him/her?
I would like to have a picnic lunch with the late Swiss artist Jean Tinguely and his wife Niki de Saint Phalle. We would dine in the garden of her sculpture park Giardino Tarocchi. I would also like to invite the late author Italo Calvino and contemporary artist and designer Olafur Eliasson, as he shares certain similar preoccupations. Using wit and ingenuity all of these artists question societal norms and ponder our relationship to history, nature and technology. They do this using elements drawn from the mundane and the absurd working them into compelling narratives. We would dine on pears and cheese, as well as edible plants that we would forage for. Wine would be served in goblets poured to varying heights and each person would have a set of spoons to play with. I would ask them for their strategies on dealing with the technological and societal changes in this new millennium.
What’s next in terms of your studio practice?
I would like to continue working with the media used in this show, exploring the same issues in more detail.