How Would Mary Feel? and Idealism, Mindscapes, and Methology by Lori Victor
December 7, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Wall Space Gallery is honoured to showcase Lori Victor’s biting installation piece, How Would Mary Feel? this December at our Westboro Village gallery.
First shown as part of Nuit Blanche Ottawa Supernova, 2013, How Would Mary Feel? presents viewers with a smart, poignant, and penetrating critique of common vernacular. In her statement about the piece, Victor explains: “After years of feminist and post-feminist discourse, we are still faced with a myriad of words that describe women in derogatory terms…It is my intention to confront the viewer with a wall of over 100 of these words and ask each individual to consider the impact these words have in their lives.”
Disarming at first glance, the intention of How Would Mary Feel? reveals itself as we scan a wall of painstakingly hand-stitched words to find familiar terms like “whore”, “bitch” or “slut”. Many of these terms are so prevalent in contemporary language that their underlying implications are overlooked. Victor decontextualizes these terms, leading the viewer to acknowledge the way in which these words “continue to define the status of women today.”
Four new paintings by Lori Victor depicting flight and movement will also be exhibited in IM2-Idealism, Mindscapes, and Methology. These bright energetic abstract works have been meticulously rendered, much like the ‘words’ in the How Would Mary Feel? installation.