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Unquiet Images from the University Collection
5 Jun 1999 – 18 Jul 1999
Bruce Johnson. Oka
1992. Photo collage on board, 213 x 198 cm. MSVU collection.
On the occasion of its 125th anniversary, Mount Saint Vincent University has acquired an important textile construction by the Nova Scotian artist Frances Dorsey. Dragon's Teeth (1994) is a pieced, dyed and photo-silkscreened expanse of cloth measuring three by four metres. It incorporates life-sized silhouettes of Allied soldiers with images of screaming children and hand-written extracts from Dorsey's father's World War II journals. As a revision of the usual epic memorial, Dragon's Teeth makes a fitting centre-piece for an exhibition about the imagery of confrontation and armed conflict.
The exhibition in the mezzanine gallery includes two further works: Margaret Clarke's "Mother Ireland" portrait Mary and Brigid (1917), and Bruce Johnson's mural-sized photo-mosaic Oka (1992).
The illustrated exhibition catalogue contains an essay by MSVU English Honours student Peggy MacKinnon.
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