The Colborne Art Gallery invites you to Zed Woman and the City, an exhibition of work by Annie McDonald & gallery artists.  Please join us for the opening and to meet Annie on Saturday, June 20th from 2 - 4 pm at the Gallery.  The show will be on through August 2nd, 2009.

Zed Woman and the City – Annie McDonald

My interest is presenting sculpture in a theatrical environment, so that viewers will participate in developing narrative while moving through the exhibit.  I search the everyday to find the mythic.

Zed Woman and the City is an exploration of one mythic figure's transformative powers; the show resembles walking into a graphic novel.  Several mediums are employed to make the work, from stone and ceramics to fabrics and wire.  The city is a trope to depict relationships of humanity with environment.

My interest is presenting sculpture in a theatrical environment, so that viewers will participate in developing narrative while moving through the exhibit.  I search the everyday to find the mythic.

Just who is Zed Woman? She is the great composite of qualities in people I admire: my very personal super hero. Zed Woman first appeared in a small stone sculpture of a very large woman that was completed in 2004. She is at once huge, elegant and powerful. A subsequent ceramic wall piece entitled "Flight" (2008) featured a woman who seemed to be the same figure. I came up with a myth about a feral child who could and did effect change. I have attempted to make her visible. She embodies the spirit of invention, resourcefulness, will and optimism. She is the very best of each of us, and provides an invitation for viewers to find these ideals… these absolutes.

She was born in isolation to a mess of a place and makes changes to the city, beginning with what she finds there! She looks for openings and follows her heart before following the rules. She is the Arts and she is the Sciences. She is a Healer and inspires Community. She is at the end of the alphabet, a last chance and our best bet for the future!  
Who Zed Woman is not? She is not Batman!
 
Annie McDonald
June, 2009
 

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