1 Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” in Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt, trans. Harry Zorn (London: Pimlico, 1999), 249.
2 In Latin, memento mori translates as “remember you will die.”
3 Celeste Olalquiaga, The Artificial Kingdom: A Treasury of the Kitsch Experience (London: Bloomsbury, 1999), 140.
4 Susan Buck-Morss, The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project (London, England and Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1989, rep. 1999), 160.
5 Refer to Jenn Law, “Chasing Daphne,” in Penelope Stewart: Chasing Daphne, A Beeswax Architectural Intervention at Lotusland, Montecito, California (Gravenhurst, Ontario: The Tree Museum, 2014).
6 Natalie Goldenberg-Fife, “Bees in Crisis,” City Bites: Toronto’s Guide to Great Food and Drink, Summer 2014, 24. Also see Bryan Walsh, “The Plight of the Honeybee,” Time, August 19, 2013, 24–31.
7 Hesiod, Work and Days, trans. Hugh G. Evelyn-White (1914), http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hesiod/works.htm (accessed July 21, 2014).
Penelope Stewart is a Toronto-based artist working across the varied media of sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking and architectural intervention. Responsiveness to space and engagement with its particular architecture, setting, history, environment and ideologies are central to her practice. Born in Montreal, Stewart received an MFA from the State University of New York and in 2010 was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA). Her work has been exhibited at such notable institutions as Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara, CA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Musée d’Art de Joliette, Quebec; Musée Barthète, Boussan, France; Oakville Galleries, Ontario; Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Ontario; ACT Design Museum Canberra, Australia; and Poimena Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania.
Jenn Law is an artist, writer and researcher living in Toronto. She is the Chair of Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre in Toronto, where she works in print media, hand-cut paper and bookwork. Law holds a PhD in Anthropology from SOAS, University of London, England, a BA in Anthropology from McGill University and a BFA from Queen’s University. She has worked as an artist, lecturer, editor and curator in Canada, the UK and South Africa, and has published on Canadian, South African and Caribbean contemporary art. Law has exhibited her artwork internationally and has received several fellowships and awards for her research, including from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the British Council and the British Academy.
Design: Tony Hewer | Editing: Shannon Anderson
Digital publication to the exhibition Penelope Stewart: Vanitas
Presented by the Koffler Gallery | June 26 to August 31, 2014 | Curator: Mona Filip
© Koffler Centre of the Arts, 2014, in collaboration with the individual contributors. All rights reserved. ISBN 978-1-928175-02-5.