Margaret Watkins: Domestic Symphonies
06 Feb 2014 - 03 May 2014
McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON
Soap, gloves, a shower hose. Attractive and desirable objects? Absolutely, judging by the photographs by Margaret Watkins.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario she made a name for herself during the 1920s in the world of commercial photography with the staging of everyday objects for the purpose of advertising and through her photography, making them works of art. At the time, Vanity Fair magazine acknowledged her talent and published a two-page spread entitled “Photography Comes into the Kitchen”.
Margaret Watkins: Domestic Symphoniesis an exhibition of 108 photographs dating from 1914-1939 and varying from portraits and landscapes that bear the soft focus, romantic mood and lyrical forms of the Pictorialist movement, to modernist still lifes, street scenes, advertising work and commercial designs, inspired by this passion for music.
Margaret Watkins Domestic Symphony(detail), 1919. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 1984 with the assistance of a grant from the Government of Canada under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act .