Second Self

Meryl McMaster
October 29, 2011 to December 3, 2011

The Latcham Gallery presents Second Self, a solo exhibition by award winning photographer Meryl McMaster.  In an exploration of the complexities of identity, McMaster combines drawing, sculpture and photography to create stark and memorable self-portraits in this unique exhibition of artistic method and process.

A play on the social masks that individuals present to the public, McMaster collaborates with ten people to explore their own identity, representations and perceptions, as well as her own. The process begins with each individual creating a blind contour self-portrait. The line drawing results in a peculiar and humorous form that McMaster then transforms into a beautiful and intricate wire sculpture. The work both conceals and changes the personas of the individual, creating a second self and encouraging the viewer to consider the identity one presents to the world, and the real identity that they hide. The masks will take on a new life at The Latcham Gallery as they suspend from the air, allowing viewers to experience the artist’s process more intimately.

Meryl McMaster is an Ontario-based artist of Cree and Scottish heritage. A BFA graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design (2010), McMaster is the recipient of various awards and scholarships including the Canon Canada Prize, Ontario College of Art and Design Medal, and the Doris McCarthy Scholarship.  McMaster has exhibited in various galleries throughout Toronto, including Leo Kamen Gallery, MacLaren Art Centre, Gallery 44 and XPACE Gallery. Her work is in various private collections, the Canada Council Art Bank, and the Donevan Collection. McMaster has an upcoming exhibition at Harbourfront Centre (Toronto) entitled 1812-2012: A Contemporary Perspective opening in April 2012.  

Image: Meryl McMaster, Castings (installation shot), 2010-2011, armature wire

This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Town of Witchurch-Stouffville.

The Latcham Gallery is a public art gallery dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art. The Gallery is located on the Main Street in Stouffville, 45 minutes north-east of Toronto, Ontario.

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