Therese Bolliger

Four Echoes, Gairloch Gardens, Oakville Galleries, 2010

Interior Schema, 2009   

Four Echoes; Gairloch Gardens, Oakville Galleries, 5 December 2009 to 28 February 2010

Works presented:
Untitled Series, 2009,  ink on paper,  63” x 63’ x 5” 
Interior Schema, 2009,  ink on paper, 22” x 30”, each
Meretlein, 2002, acrylic fur, 75” x 60” x  4”
Ambit, 2001, acrylic fur, feathers, print  
Knots, 2009,  acrylic fur, dimensions variable

Since the mid-90s, Bolliger’s practice has focused on the gaps between image and language, between abstraction and representation, and between object and viewer. Four Echoes surveys her recent work, bringing together a selection of drawings and sculptures. Throughout the four rooms of the gallery at Gairloch, Bolliger’s work explored the essence of form, consistently evoking shapes that lie beyond the world of objects.

The word choice “echo” in the title of this exhibition is significant. An echo reaches out from its originating object into space. Untethered from its source, it occupies a tenuous state of existence. Bolliger’s practice is occupied with these fragile spaces: articulating memory’s place between past and present, translating mathematical and philosophical constructs into form, and exploring the outer reaches of the animate. In doing so, she continuously hovers on the line between abstraction and representation, creating objects from the figments of imagination.

-  Shannon Anderson