About work in a current exhibition, Carmela Laganse states, "Vampires are always popular during recessions. So are blood banks. I make ceramic furniture for bloodletting." Although the Montreal-based Laganse references body gestures found in vampire movies, her work of textiles, ceramics, wood and vinyl also brings together ideas of domesticity and intimacy. The ceramics that we associate with connections to the body (eating, washing, defecating) become integrated into furniture where we use the body in a different way. Are our movements directed by the tactility of our objects or their meaning?
Breaking Boundaries runs through January 30, 2011 at Toronto's Gardiner Museum.