Liz Magor

Provincial Sideboard

1993
"Provincial Sideboard" is a replica of a Canadian-made sideboard that the artist had seen in the Canadiana collection of the Royal Ontario Museum. A W.H. Bartlett print entitled "A First Settlement" hangs above the sideboard; both objects appear to have passed through a fire. In the original print, the settler's family pauses by a campfire, nearby a freshly-killed deer waits to be eaten and an almost-completed cabin stands behind them in a forest clearing. However in Magor's retouched version the campfire is out and smoke pours from a destroyed cabin. The wry humour of "Provincial Sideboard" pits dreams against disillusionment.
Artist
Title
Provincial Sideboard
Date
1993
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
sideboard of wood, metal, and plaster with eggshell and bitumen, framed retouched gelatin silver print, beaver of synthetic fur
Dimensions
169 x 182.8 x 75.5 cm installed
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1993
Accession number
37173.1-3