Lists of Life”

Catherine’s piece Lists of Life is part of the exhibition Who’s Your Mother? Women Artists of P.E.I., 1964 to the Present that opened last night at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Photo of Catherine's piece Lists of Life

One of the unanticipated delights of the piece is that, because it’s suspended over the opening at the edge of the second floor gallery that looks down to the first floor, it dances in reaction to the air currents flowing through the building. No more so was this evident than when the formalities of the opening were happening immediately underneath it: the piece jiggled and swayed every time the audience applauded or the speakers spoke.

The other unanticipated aspect of the piece is how it casts shadows on the wall behind it:

Photos of shadows of Catherine's Lists of Life on the wall of the gallery.

The piece consists of of a set of lists, stitched on netting, which are suspending inside a ethereal fabric room:

Detail of Lists of Life

Detail from Lists of Life

Lists of Life shot from below


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vbj on October 28, 2018 - 14:32 Permalink

Gorgeous on so many levels. Thanks for capturing the unanticipated ripples. I clicked on the link for the show to see how long it will be there, but the link is dead.

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Peter Rukavina on October 28, 2018 - 14:52 Permalink

Thank you for pointing out the broken link. I fixed it. The show is up until June 2nd 2019.

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vbj on October 28, 2018 - 15:54 Permalink

Thanks Peter. Sorry I will miss it. Your video gives me a small sense of its power.

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Ton Zijlstra on October 28, 2018 - 16:35 Permalink


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Laurent Beaulieu on October 29, 2018 - 08:29 Permalink

Truly a beautiful piece, it has a very dreamlike effect. It is also elegant and so very light, like thoughts floating through the air.

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Will Hobbs on November 6, 2018 - 13:31 Permalink

Well you beat me to it! I was going to ask Catherine about it's creation so I could write about it on my blog. It is a fascinating piece on so many levels. Hope you don't mind if I link your post to my blog so my readers can share in it?

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Sarah on November 6, 2018 - 19:54 Permalink

Thank you so much for sharing this Peter!! Absolutely breathtaking.