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Body of Land, 2002-2010

Faye HeavyShield
Canadian, 1953
ink jet prints on wove paper
installation dimensions variable
Purchased 2010
National Gallery of Canada (no. 43197)

approximately 400 cone shaped papers
One of Faye HeavyShield's best-known works, "body of land" comprises an ongoing archive of more than 400 "portraits" made from close-up colour photographs of human skin. Installed by the artist in different configurations that respond to the specific dimensions of the space exhibited, the sprawling sculptural project equates a conception of the body with a view of the land, specifically the topography of southern Alberta which, as HeavyShield posits, "is as specific and varied as the Blackfoot language: prairie, buttes, coulees, river valleys, foothills and mountains and not the least, the Genius loci, the spirit of place - all this was and is familiar to the Kainai."

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