Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was also an amateur photographer whose images of children intrigue and sometimes offend contemporary spectators. Angela Grossmann (Canada) and Polixeni Papapetrou (Australia), have reimagined Alice from their perspectives as artists and mothers. Grossmann combines vigorous drawing with photographic portraits in collage. Papapetrou photographs her daughter, Olympia, reenacting Carroll’s images of Victorian innocence.
Angela Grossmann was born in London, England, in 1955 and came to Canada in her teens. She graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art in Vancouver with a Bachelor’s degree and received her MFA from Concordia University. Grossmann came to public attention in the mid-1980s with work that emphasized themes of displacement and social margins through the use of collaged and transferred discarded materials; lately, she has turned to the emotional world of teenaged girls. Grossmann has had numerous exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan. She teaches at Emily Carr and is represented by the Diane Farris Gallery.
Maison de la culture Plateau-Mont-Royal
465 Mont-Royal East
After Alice: Angela Grossmann and Polixeni Papapetrou
September 2 – 25, 2005
Tuesday to Thursday 1:00-7:00pm, Friday to Sunday 1:00-5:00pm
Opening Friday September 9, 2005 at 5:00pm, Polixeni Papapetrou will be present