The Great Water

2002 / Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery / Vancouver, BC / Sculpture

In Belmore’s The Great Water, a canoe is capsized. In this cloth sculpture made for the exhibition, The Named and Unnamed, both vessel and surrounding waters are made of, and engulfed in, the same great swathe of black canvas. The emptiness of the canoe’s grey interior is a gaping wound against the rich opacity of black cloth.

Marcia Crosby, Humble Materials and Powerful Signs: Remembering the Suffering of Others,
Rebecca Belmore: Rising to the Occasion, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2008

Photo credit: Howard Ursuliak / Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery