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Full (Filled)

an exhibition by Fiona Duthie  

February 5th – March 19th

Opening Reception: Thursday February 5th, 7 – 9pm

1386 Cartwright Street, Granville Island

Artist Talk: Thursday February 5th, 6pm – 7pm @

Carousel Theater across the street,1411 Cartwright Street, Granville Island

Full/Filled is an exploration of resistance and fulfillment; the barriers we conceive or construct that stand in the path of our personal fulfillment.

This installation is made up of a series of white felt “skins” created by using human bodies as real life resists. These are hollow, three dimensional full scale bodies hung from above to give the impression of people populating the room.

Visitors will be able to walk freely around these felt forms, in a form of conversation. These bodies look out at wall mounted small felt works; shards of themselves and their stories.

Textile surface design elements are used as metaphors to illustrate that which we hold up in resistance to our own fulfillment. Our excuses and justifications. These are felted into the skin surfaces, like tattoos. The felt bodies are illuminated, demonstrating the way in which these resists are often hidden from view. We reveal them only through self-reflection. When non-illuminated, these messages are barely visible…only hints of existence. The felt wall connects the narrative of the individual pieces, telling the whole biographical or societal story. It is opaque. The metaphors have a quiet and constant presence. This very large work speaks to the scale of our own resistance to change and therefore fulfillment of our goals and ambitions, as individuals and as a society.


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