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Janice Wright Cheney: Disorderly Creatures

Janice Wright Cheney: Entomic Diary
Janice Wright Cheney: Entomic Diary

Janice Wright Cheney. Entomic Diary (detail) 1999. Wooden drawers, cotton embroidery, component of Entomic Embroideries 1999, beeswax, found materials, presented on antique harvest table, table dimensions: 73.5 x 122 x 74 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
2 Jan 2002 – 3 Mar 2002

Fredericton artist Janice Wright Cheney embroiders life-like insects on handkerchiefs, books and clothing. Her choice of needlework as a means of representation fuses an historically feminized practice with an abject category of subject matter ­the crawling things that feed on museum artefacts, household goods and human flesh.

The method of presentation alternates "the cultural" with "the natural." Thus natural history display, which highlights the orderly classification of specimens, confronts the phenomenon of infestation in works such as Bodice of Fleas. In the exquisitely illustrated catalogue, Lianne McTavish (Art History, University of New Brunswick) uncovers the feminist subtext of Wright Cheney’s project.

Opening Reception
Jointly with Rainbow Lakes on Sunday, 13 January.

Public Discussion
Victorianist Dr. Susan Drain (MSVU English) and fibre artist Gillian Collyer explored themes arising from the exhibition on Thursday, 31 January.

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Janice Wright Cheney: Entomic Diary       


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