May 20 – June 11, 2017
Reception: May 21, 2 – 5 PM
We humans have from the beginning sought to project our humanity into the world around us. We have also been using inanimate materials to create images that represent us. We use stone, wood, metal, and paint to create images of ourselves. We have created powerful computers with which we try to make models of our minds and imagine new artificial beings.
For this exhibition, Almost Human, I have created over 30 different painted heads. They are arranged vertically in totems of three, on alternating backgrounds of blue and red. I try to animate them by giving each a distinct character or personality, yet they all share a mechanical-like construct.
Included in Almost Human are three constructed and painted wood heads. What is interesting to me is the notion of an individual character and the human instinct to read it as such. A group of forty University of Toronto psychology students have written profiles of the heads. The narratives that they weave reflect their own stories and their own individual characters.