Child's Sweater, 1989
Cowichan wool sweater, bird skull of brown cardboard and paper tape with black and iron-oxide-red paint, twine-woven paper hanging with iron-oxide-red paint
360.7 x 198.1 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30723)
Liz Magor plays on the element of fiction or dramatization that often colours museum displays. "Child's Sweater" is a museum-like display of hand-made artifacts - the bark blanket backdrop is painted paper, while the enormous paper birdskull, recalling both Northwest carving and a natural specimen, carries in its bill a tiny Cowichan sweater. In these works, Magor questions the subtexts of museum display, its claims to authenticity, and its implicit theatricality, asking us to reconsider where the meanings of such displays might lie.