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The LAB 2.1: Allan Harding MacKay Source/Derivations VIII: The Golden Lotus

April 5, 2002 - April 5, 2002

For five years, Ontario artist Allan Harding MacKay has developed a series of collections-based artworks drawn from public gallery collections across the country.  This year, MacKay comes to work with our own Asian art collection.  MacKay will create responses in painting and drawing to shoes for Lotus Bud feet from our collection. Says MacKay,  “I came across a photograph of a boot used to cover a bound foot.  A very beautiful artifact however one that resonates with a history of cruelty and disfigurement of the female for social and erotic ends…”  MacKay’s work addresses the tension between the beauty of the ornate, decorative  footwear and its function, and images that depict social and sensuous permission in the life of a contemporary woman.

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