Penelope Stewart is a site-sensitive installation artist who works across the varied media of: sculpture, installation, photography, works on paper and architectural interventions. Central to her practice is an engagement with space and place – its architecture, history, politics, ideology, and environment. Whether it is her large-scale beeswax architectures, or her trompe l’oeil photographs, Stewart brings a sensory intensification, a haptic quality, to the encounter.
Stewart’s exhibition history includes: the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Koffler Centre for the Arts, Toronto; Musée d'Art de Joliette, Québec; Musée Barthétè, Boussan, France; Oakville Galleries, Ontario; Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Ontario; ACT Design Museum Canberra, Australia; Poimena Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. In 2015, Stewart will mount a solo exhibition at Flowers Gallery at Dawson College, Montréal.
Ruin Gazing Volume I: Paradise Gardens
“Ruin Gazing Volume I: Paradise Gardens” is a collection of thirty-six stereoscopic photo cards,
photographed and created by Stewart, that explore formal gardens as a constructed vision of
Eden. Each card set consists of dual images that are marginally modified perspectives of the
same object. This twinning generates an illusion of three-dimensional space when the works
are experienced through the accompanying vintage viewers.