Allyson Mitchell creates installations that are epic figures, each one a monumental symbol of female brains, brawn and sexuality. Standing upright at over 10 feet tall, the sculptural works embody feminist theory and are painstakingly crafted creations of fun fur, taxidermy glass eyes and various fake bear parts. Since 1997, the Toronto-based artist has been melding feminism and pop culture to play with ideas about autobiography and the body, largely through the use of reclaimed textile and abandoned craft. Also an active curator, Mitchell is responsible for the exhibition When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread.
McMaster Museum of Art (03/2009)
56 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover
Carla Garnet, Allyson Mitchell, Josephine Mills & Ann Cvetkovich