Celebrate Mother’s Day with ART

No CommentsPosted May 1, 2013 by Emily McInnes

Julia Callon “Wuthering Heights No.1″ from the series Houses of Fiction.
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Julia Callon “Wuthering Heights No.2″ from the series Houses of Fiction.
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I met Julia Callon last year when I was invited to review portfolios of graduating students from Ryerson’s School of Image Arts. I invited her to work with me on the spot. Julia’s photographs are miniature recreations of rooms from classic novels by 19th century women writers, like Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin, and above, a scene from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

In the nineteenth century women were confined to the home and were expected to put their domestic roles as wives and mothers above all else, and female writers of the period reflected on that feeling of isolation in their work. Wuthering Heights, published in 1847, was the first and only published novel of Emily Brontë’s before her death at age 30. The story of enduring love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is fraught with chaos and madness . As Julia describes: ”Wuthering Heights No. 1” explores the representation of Catherine Earnshaw as subservient and docile (“sane”), while the chaos of “Wuthering Heights No. 2” simultaneously conveys Earnshaw’s descent into madness and her literal and figurative liberation.”

Julie constructs these sets largely by hand, using found objects and a few pieces of dollhouse furniture, and will take several weeks to build them. The work has been written about several times, including in The Atlantic, Photo Life, Yahoo! and my personal favourite, in an Australian blog called Le Projet D’Amour.

Julia Callon and installation shots from her exhibition at I.M.A. Gallery, Toronto.

I think your Mom will appreciate this. It’s pretty stunning work, with several layers to digest – and a reminder that we don’t always fit into the categories that are subscribed for us. Go bust open some pillows!


“Taking the Fine Art Plunge”, The Big Picture May 2013

Thank you to our friends at The Big Picture Magazine – an award winning US magazine dedicated to the print industry. Assistant Editor Adrienne Palmer has done an elegant job of writing about the mechanics of what goes on behind the scenes in our business, and I am very grateful for her eloquent words. Thank you Gregory and Adrienne! Click here to read the digital version.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Emily McInnes
Founder and Director

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