School of Art Gallery and Andrea Oliver Roberts: Sickroom Installatiom, December 16 - February 11

Andrea Oliver Roberts: Sickroom

Curated by Blair Fornwald, Director/Curator

December 16, 2021 to February 11, 2022

Sickroom is a sound and sculpture-based installation bringing together ideas about healing and protection, property and bodily autonomy, care, and control. Taking formal cues from garden architecture, the artist has crafted sculptures that resemble wrought iron gates, trellises, and a domed gazebo, as well as miniaturized forms that recall amulets or talismans. Potent words and phrases related to health and illness are arranged to form decorative pattern work comprising structures that indicate that a segment of nature has been tamed but offer little to no shelter from the elements. And they offer security from trespassers only if tacitly agreed upon notions of property ownership and privacy are upheld. Drawing on personal experiences of navigating and accessing support as a person with chronic illness, Roberts' installation reveals the magical thinking that reinforces the permeable, indistinct, and ultimately temporary boundaries between chaos and order, between sickness and health, and between what is yours, what is mine, what is shared, and what can never be owned.

Andrea Oliver Roberts is a Winnipeg-based, non-binary multidisciplinary artist working in sound and installation, print and performance.

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The School of Art Gallery, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is generously supported by the University of Manitoba, the School of Art, and the Government of Canada, and by faculty, staff, donors, and volunteers. It sits on Treaty 1 territory, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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