black cloud

2001 / Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON / Sculpture

The dark cloud may be read as an ominous sign over Canadian territories. Spiked with nails, the charred wood may be staked but it’s also an ambiguous new tool. Showing evidence of persistent and intensive labour, it is as much a sculpture as a representation of history and the suggestion of a weapon. It represents symbolically what sculpture can be or what still needs to be done: intense repetition, exhausting exertion and inestimable duration.

Barbara Fischer, Rebecca Belmore: 33 Pieces, 2001

Photo credit: Paul Litherland / Agnes Etherington Art Centre