Ramune Luminaire

A Wisdom of crones

 

An installation involving drawing, sound and an artist’s book, shown at La Galerie Centrale Powerhouse in Montreal.

 Enter the space and you are confronted by 13 naked women: life-sized, aged between 50 and 86 and all looking directly at you.  They are your jury, judging your response to their naked bodies.  To their naked selves.   Sound permeates the space.  An artist’s book contains their stories.

 

 I didn’t go looking for this project, it found me. I was creating an installation for a church; drawing the three female archetypes – a maiden, a mother and a crone – to be positioned on the altar on Mother’s Day.  I had drawn the maiden and the mother, but I needed someone to model naked as my crone. I contacted the Peterborough Examiner, who ran an article outlining my need and, to my surprise, 13 women rang me in response. Thirteen women willing to come to a strange studio and pose naked, driven by a desire to be seen.  I met with them one by one and soon realised that my next piece had to include them all.

 

The installation grew from there. I learned that while sitting naked and being drawn the women would tell me their stories and I started recording what they said during our modelling sessions. Composer and musician Sam Allison came on board to create sound involving their words.  I invited book artist Mira Coviensky to create an artist’s book to contain their stories.

 

‘Crone’ used to be a word used to describe a valuable life stage; in contemporary Western society the word has become an insult.  I hope this work might redress the balance; might encourage people who experience the installation to pause to reconsider and develop a different understanding.  Creating the work has certainly done that for me. (Funded by the Ontario Arts Council.)

 

 

     La Galerie Centrale Powerhouse Exterior

    

 

 

 

     La Galerie Centrale Powerhouse Interior

 

 

 

 

     Crone Drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper

 

 

 

 

     Detail 

 

 

 

 

     Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper

 

 

 

 

     Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper

 

 

 

 

     Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper

 

 

 

 

     Detail

 

 

 

 

     Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper 

 

 

 

 

      Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper


 

 

 

     Detail 

 

 

 

 

     Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper 

 

 

 

 

      Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper

 

 

 

 

     Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper 

 

 

 

 

      Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper

 

 

 

 

     Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper 

 

 

 

 

     Crone drawing, 120x240cm, charcoal on paper 

 

 

 

 

     Detail 

 

 

 

 

     Artist's Book