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Jessica Thalmann
L’appel du Vide

November 1st - December 1st, 2012
Reception: Thursday November 1st, 7-10PM


Graven Feather Toronto Art Gallery Studio Workshops

Literally, the call of the void. Describes the sudden and instinctive urge to jump from a high place. It is that tiny voice that tells you to jerk the steering wheel just to the right and take a flying leap off the ledge...that inclination to walk right into the ocean and never return...the call of the Siren song.

Examining the instability of photography and its inability to depict people and places once known (now lost), L’appel du vide extrapolates on the changeability and fickleness of personal and cultural memory. Using analogue photography, transparency projection, drawing and the language of comics, this body of multi-media work questions the nature of memory. Is it something palpable? A taste. A smell. A lie? But most importantly, how can we distinguish our memories from someone else’s; how do we differentiate from our own; and those that do not belong to us?

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