The Gaze of History was shown at the Burnaby Art Gallery from July 6-Aug 26, 2012. This exhibition presented a selection of portraits from the gallery collection along with an extensive series of faces that I drew directly on the gallery walls.
The people who pass through buildings always mark them in some way. The powdered graphite faces I drew represented real and imagined former residents of this building. The drawings were intentionally faint and indistinct; they blended with the building’s architecture while interacting with the artworks around them.
The prints and drawings from the collection included in The Gaze of History considered the gaze and directed looking. Seen in dialogue with each other and my wall drawings, they provided an opportunity to consider the boundaries of history, subjectivity and representation.