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Hollow, 1998-1999

Liz Magor
Canadian, 1948
polymerized alpha gypsum, fabric, and foam
182.8 x 106.7 x 121.9 cm
Purchased 1999
National Gallery of Canada (no. 40096.1-2)

Conceived as part of the exhibition "Sleeping Rough", "Hollow" envisions the mythic ideal of nature as provider of the perfect shelter. Moulded from a real tree trunk, the synthetic fabrication maintains the original's organic texture and form, yet as it is lined in industrial foam, offers a sterilized version of the natural that is free from damp, rot, and creepy-crawly cohabitants. Inside, a sleeping bag reminds us that this is someone's dwelling place, albeit a temporary home. The absence of the resident enables us to imagine circumstances that might lead to our own occupation of the hollow trunk.

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