Myfanwy MacLeod

The Tiny Kingdom

2000
The source for "The Tiny Kingdom" is the outhouse featured in the Disney film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (MGM, 1968). MacLeod culls this structure from its flat cinematic existence and recreates it in the three-dimensional now of the real world. With the outhouse, the artist mocks the tradition of the hermitage, which, according to 18th-century British landscape conventions, was a rustic structure where one went to contemplate. Intended to function as a place of reflection and solitude, the structure foregrounds the anxious relations between the artist and society, the country and the city, the colony and the imperialist nation. By exploring artistic tradition and popular culture, Myfanwy MacLeod creates a work that is both humorous and critical.
Title
The Tiny Kingdom
Date
2000
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
wood and mixed media
Dimensions
411.5 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2002
Accession number
40789

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