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Jennie Suddick: Of Nails and Rope Ladders Art Exhibit

September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Location: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street Unionville, Markham  map 

A monochromatic landscape sets the stage for Jennie Suddick’s newest body of work; a series of white architectural models of tree houses and forts. The inspiration for this installation, aptly nicknamed The Tree House Project, comes from Suddick’s own experience of growing up in Markham’s suburban neighbourhoods. A recurring theme in the artist’s practice is the mediated relationship between inhabitants and nature that results from the growth of such manufactured environments. As the green spaces around us change, the contact we have with nature and the relationship we forge with our surroundings evolve. The tree house offers Suddick a means through which to explore this contemporary condition as well as to ponder issues of autonomy, fantasy and nostalgia.

During a residency at the McKay Art Centre from March 16 to 22, 2015, Suddick invited visitors to contribute to her project through discussion and collaborative sketching. Over one hundred participants visited her converted studio and were encouraged to recall their own childhood dreams of outdoor play areas. Several of the resulting drawings, which served as inspiration for her models, are exhibited alongside the artist’s own detailed sketches and blueprints.

Jennie Suddick is a Markham-born, multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto, ON. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from York University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Advanced Visual Studies Certificate from OCAD University. Suddick has participated in numerous residencies and her work has been exhibited in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. She is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD University where she is also Associate Chair, Contemporary Drawing and Print Media.

This project is part of right here | right now. Launched in 2014, this initiative aims to foster the work of contemporary artists in York Region by providing them with exhibition opportunities and ongoing professional development.


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