Heather Benning: The Dollhouse
May 2 – June 2, 2012
Opening Reception – Saturday, May 5, 6 - 9pm
Same night! Visit CONTACT Photography Festival openings throughout The Junction.
The Dollhouse is a suite of 30 photographs that present the transformation of an abandoned farmhouse in rural Manitoba into a life-sized dollhouse. The photographs reveal a degraded wooden house in a flat empty field. Around the back of the house, an entire wall has been replaced with Plexiglas, revealing rooms that have been fully restored and furnished with decor dating from around the time the house was abandoned in 1968. The contrast in the exterior and interior speak to themes surrounding the passage of time, childhood play, memory, reclamation and nostalgia.
Heather Benning created The Dollhouse while serving as artist-in-residence for Redvers, Saskatchewan, about 30 kilometres west of the house near Sinclair, Manitoba. The installation took nearly 18 months to complete.
Heather Benning was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan in 1980 and now lives and works in rural Saskatchewan and Glasgow, Scotland. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004, and a Master of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Benning recently received a Professional Development Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts (Summer 2009) and was nominated for the Sobey Art Award long list in 2010.