- CUAG Downtown
Cara Tierney: Go Forth and Multiply
August 27 - September 30, 2012
In Cara Tierney's photographs, the artist's body is characterized as a point of departure.
In some works, the artist appears just once. In others, Tierney is replicated many times, playing all the parts in digitally-constructed scenes set in the studio, the city and the countryside.
These photographs look to the past – to the way the body has been depicted by such artists as Botticelli, Edwin Holgate and Bill Reid. They also examine the present, calling into question society’s fixed (either/or) categories of gender and sexuality.
Tierney’s photographs ultimately propose personal identity as a fluid and open construct, open to negotiation. As they have said, “the obsessive multiplication of the self in the photographs not only raises the idea of a fractured self, but is a deliberate response to the lack of visible queer subjects in mainstream society.”
Artists in the exhibition
Presented in collaboration with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts MFA program