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Slice, 2011

Vikky Alexander
Canadian, 1959
ink jet print
104.5 x 153.8; image: 98.8 x 147.8 cm
Purchased 2012
National Gallery of Canada (no. 45534.8)

Palm House (1848) was designed to house and exhibit some of the world's most valuable plants, however, Vikky Alexander's interest focuses on the way the foliage has grown to overtake and reclaim the structure. "I saw [this] as a metaphor for the relationship between Britain and the Colonies at the end of the nineteenth century," she says. This subtle narrative marks a shift in Alexander's oeuvre, while continuing her aim to capture moments of refraction, reflection and artifice in the urban and natural environment. "Island Series" presents a dialogue with the architecture of modernity on the one hand, and post-modern theories of the spectacle and simulation on the other.

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