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Rachelle Viader Knowles: Surface/Tension

May 16, 1998 - August 9, 1998

AWE Gallery

Rachelle Viader Knowles is a Windsor artist who has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts at the University of Windsor. She was born in England and grew up in Wales where she studied art before coming to Canada. She has exhibited locally, in London, Ontario and has a forthcoming solo exhibition in Toronto.

For this occasion Rachelle Knowles has created an installation, Surface/Tension. As with previous works, here she sets up an environment that provokes questions about the impact of technological culture on subjective experience. The surface tension of reflected images hovers between the real and illusory. Various elements in the installation suggest the tensions between the natural and artificial: photo-lamps that resemble sunflowers, shower curtains decorated with images of the natural world, wild animal tattoos on skin. Photographers of abstracted body parts add to the disorienting sense of scale and bodily experience. Moving through Rachelle Knowles’ sensual, disturbing environment is a reminder of the disorientating effect of negotiating through our mediated world.

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