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David's World I, 2020


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Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield

Single piece Dated Titled Framed


35.56 x 50.8 cm
14.00 x 20 in








  • About the work

This giclee print is editioned, 2/20. It is available as a commissioned piece and will require 3 weeks for delivery. Mootoo writes of this photograph: "My good friend David Morrish is a visual artist whose work deals with the phenomenon of collecting and with fictionalized archives. Half of the main living area David shares with his partner is dedicated to the display of many of the prized pieces in his vast collection of bones, skulls, found taxidermy specimens, and funerary accessories. What captivates me when I visit his home is how beautifully arranged these objects are, much like the more ordinary ornaments in any home-a vase of flowers, a ceramic sculpture, a blown glass bowl. David's pieces, which might otherwise be seen behind glass in a natural history museum, invite contemplation by their considered placement on tables, in corners, on shelves around other quotidian furniture and household items. When I look at David's arrangements I see the artist, the intellectual, the homemaker, the man who is curious and knows something about everything. These photos are part of a body of work that reflects on how people decorate their homes, how they physically place and show off what they have amassed. In photographing these collections, I create my own, with the camera becoming a net that captures and brings together a wall, or a table, or a bank of bookshelves into one compact space of the photograph. In this sense, my photographs of other's collections and decorations are my own way of collecting and cataloguing."


Framed size 71.12 × 55.88 cm.

About the Artists

1957 Dublin, Ireland

Shani Mootoo is an accomplished writer, filmmaker, painter and photographer who has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She earned a BFA from the University of Western Ontario, and an MA in English from the University of Guelph. Her most recent novel, Polar Vortex, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Giller Prize. 

In her artworks, Mootoo explores the idea of dislocation, identity, belonging: “…identity, like perspective, is inevitably shifting and multi-faceted.”

Her videos include “English Lesson”, “Wild Woman in The Woods” and “Her Sweetness Lingers,” and have been screened in film and video festivals and art exhibitions locally and internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. 

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and raised in Trinidad. She lives in Canada.

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