Sherrard Grauer

Dogface Boys' Picnic

1974-1975
Sherrard Grauer began using wire mesh to suggest figures in low-relief and then, after honing her skills at manipulating this rigid industrial material, advanced to rendering free-standing figures. She worked with one-inch rather than half-inch wire mesh to make the figures appear more illusory, with their volumes depicted with a grid – almost a precursor to today’s computer-aided drafting. The bodies have been carefully constructed to match the disposition of each dog’s breed. Referencing French artist Édouard Manet’s iconic painting The Luncheon on the Grass (1863) and the Egyptian mythology of jackal-headed Anubis, Grauer locates her imagery in everyday events and familiar surroundings, marked by her penchant for the surreal. Dogface the artist’s treasured terrier, Shirley Pink.
Title
Dogface Boys' Picnic
Date
1974-1975
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
wire mesh, fibreglas putty, styrofoam, urethane foam, white glue, gauze, adhesive bandage, acrylic, and aluminum paint
Dimensions
91.4 x 254 x 304.8 cm installed
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1975
Accession number
18460.1-5