Hat and Gloves, Polymerized gypsum, chocolate bars,
edition 2/2, 2007, 8 x 10 x 2 1/2 in.
In this cast sculpture, Magor represents everyday objects. Here she highlights the psychology of desire and addiction (hence the stack of chocolate bars). The chocolate bars hidden underneath the hyper-realistic hat and gloves are meant to allude to “stashing” the addiction, as well as referencing her recurrent theme of hoarding. Hat and Gloves (edition 2/2) was exhibited in “Habitude” at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2016, traveling to 2018.
“[w]ith a career spanning more than 40 years, Magor has become an acknowledged force in contemporary art. In addition to winning major prizes that include a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and the Audain Prize for lifetime achievement, Magor has also represented Canada at prestigious international venues such as the Venice Biennale. Habitude — a non-chronological survey featuring approximately 75 works in various media — is essentially a greatest hits tour by a rock-star artist. Seeing so many of her works all in one place only adds to their power.”
“[f]rom one point of view, making art is a way of testing the positions one might take relative to the world, and the people and things found in the world. The materials, the images, the operations, the forms of address, they all come from an inventory of possibilities and I’m conscious of my choices. By now I have an enhanced ability to make things, but a diminished need for those things to speak symbolically or profoundly. Now I’m spending hours making the things I used to find unbeautiful and meaningless–a pile of towels, a stack of trays, a discarded jacket, a cardboard box–and setting them up in a relationship to found things. My interest is how the studio part affects the found part. Through some mysterious operation the found things become really alive when set against the sculptural representation of something ordinary.
-Liz Magor, speaking about her work in an interview with Lesley Johnstone, published in Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s 2016 catalogue on the artist.