Gathie Falk

Lizzie

2002
Gathie Falk's work is characterized by a close observation of everyday life and ordinary objects such as food, furniture, and clothing. While her sculptures often project a sense of whimsy and playfulness, much of Falk's visual vocabulary can also be understood as part of the "vanitas" genre - an extension of the still-life tradition that serves as a reminder of mortality and the passage of time. In "Lizzie" the artist cast a woman's sweater and skirt first in papier mâché, then in bronze to create a portrait of Elizabeth Nichol, the founder of Vancouver's Equinox Gallery, who passed away in December 2000. By tracing the form of a female body, the clothing acts as a monument to a specific individual, while its emptiness highlights universal dichotomies of fragility and permanence, absence and presence, life and death.
Artist
Title
Lizzie
Date
2002
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
bronze on steel base
Dimensions
32.5 x 102.5 x 55 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2003
Accession number
41191.1-2

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