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Confrontations – Unquiet Images from the University Collection

June 5, 1999 - July 18, 1999


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Year 1999 Theme Feminisms, Gender & Sexuality, Textiles

On the occasion of its 125th anniversary, Mount Saint Vincent University has acquired an important textile construction by the Nova Scotian artist Frances Dorsey. Dragon’s Teeth (1994) is a pieced, dyed and photo-silkscreened expanse of cloth measuring three by four metres. It incorporates life-sized silhouettes of Allied soldiers with images of screaming children and hand-written extracts from Dorsey’s father’s World War II journals. As a revision of the usual epic memorial, Dragon’s Teeth makes a fitting centre-piece for an exhibition about the imagery of confrontation and armed conflict.

The exhibition in the mezzanine gallery includes two further works: Margaret Clarke’s “Mother Ireland” portrait Mary and Brigid (1917), and Bruce Johnson’s mural-sized photo-mosaic Oka (1992).