Mary Anne Barkhouse: The Interlopers

July 5, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Mary Anne Barkhouse: The Interlopers, installation view, MacLaren Art Centre, 2018. Photo: André Beneteau

Mary Anne Barkhouse
The Interlopers
July 5 to October 28, 2018
Janice Laking Gallery and The Massie Family Sculpture Courtyard
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, July 5, 7 to 9 pm

The Interlopers combines recent bronze and porcelain sculptures with photographic works by celebrated regional artist Mary Anne Barkhouse. Continuing her investigation into animal-human dynamics, Barkhouse juxtaposes expertly rendered coyotes, hares, lynx and other faunae with Victorian-style furniture and accoutrements. Often considered intruders, these adaptive species are increasingly found in urban environments, a forced coexistence that raises questions of place and belonging. Here, the term interlopers refers not only to these roaming creatures, but also to the humans who encroach on their space and resources.

Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She has shown her work across Canada and in New York. Her public art installations can be found in parks and university campuses across Ontario and her work is in the collections of many esteemed institutions. Barkhouse is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and is currently based in Minden, Ontario.