Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Cara Tierney: Go Forth and Multiply

Curated by Sandra Dyck

27 August – 30 September 2012

In the series of photographs featured in Go Forth and Multiply, Cara Tierney uses the body as a point of departure. In some works, the artist appears just once. In others Cara is replicated many times, playing all the parts in digitally-constructed scenes set in the studio, the city, and the countryside.

These photographs look to the past – to the way the body has been depicted by such artists as Botticelli, Edwin Holgate, and Bill Reid. They also examine the present, calling into question society’s fixed (either/or) categories of gender and sexuality.

Tierney’s photographs ultimately propose personal identity as a fluid and open construct, open to negotiation. As Cara has said, “the obsessive multiplication of the self in the photographs not only raises the idea of a fractured self, but is a deliberate response to the lack of visible queer subjects in mainstream society.”

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