Helen Gregory is the current artist-in-residence at the Canadian Museum of Nature here in Ottawa. Her solo exhibition, Unrequited Death, questions museological practices and looks at the art of the collection. Gregory is inspired by real collections of specimens found in various natural history museums (including those from the Canadian Musem of Nature’s own collections) and she juxtaposes representations of biological specimens with richly colourful backgrounds reminiscent of Victorian fabric patterns. The result is an intriguing look at how natural historical collections capture our imaginations and our interests.
Unrequited Death is open at the Canadian Museum of Nature until September 3, 2012. More information about the show can be found here.
- Victoria Nolte