Clay on Stone

2016 / Nuit Blanche and Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

Clay on Stone was a performance that took place overnight during Nuit Blanche, Toronto and as part of Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 curated by Wanda Nanibush at the Art Gallery of Ontario. A twelve-hour performance, from sunset to sunrise, where the artist covers the stone floor of the Walker Court with clay by hand. Initially writing the words “land”, “water”, and “breathe”, Belmore eventually obscures the texts, creating an abstract painting that covers the entire floor.

Wanda Nanibush, ed., Facing the Monumental: Rebecca Belmore, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2016

Photo credit: Sam Javanrouh / Nuit Blanche Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario