Atrium (2010)

Atrium is a series of 17 painted silhouettes reproducing the size and shape of artworks found in different exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) in the Fall 2010. The silhouettes were painted in the same colours as the gallery walls where the actual artworks were on display. Each of the silhouettes stands in for an artwork that includes subject matter or a title referring to indigenous cultures or languages or was made by a First Nations artist. This selection was in addition to what was exhibited in the First Nations gallery located directly above Atrium. A folder accompanied the work, providing a legend to the painted silhouettes. The title refers to the architectural ‘heart’ of the building and suggests the living histories and debates that are at the ‘heart of the matter’.