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The Girl Document

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© Courtesy of the artist and O'Born Contemporary
The Girl Document

131 Ossington Avenue
Toronto , ON M6J 2Z6
Canada
May 11th, 2013 - June 8th, 2013
Opening: May 10th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.oborncontemporary.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Queen West
EMAIL:  
info@oborncontemporary.com
PHONE:  
1 416 413-9555
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sat 11-6 and by appointment
TAGS:  
photography

DESCRIPTION

Edith Maybin continues to explore the liminal space between girl and woman, this time through the use of still life photography. Beautiful and troubling, these in-camera constructions engage the viewer with both lucid detail and incomplete dreams. Fold upon fold, a singular portal unveils a deceitful truth, double-minded (untrustworthy) like photography itself.

Themes of sexuality, pain, maturation, independence and fear exist for both mother and daughter in this pivotal stage.

Maybin's references find a common language within her layered dialogue. Artifice confuses the real, much as in Dorothea Tanning's figurative paintings, while visual elements from early 20th century surrealist film are suggested to form a rhetoric of transition, an awkward adolescence. These photographs for Maybin continue the journey from the place of departure within the final images of the Garden Document. The external is left behind for an interior realm, the surface penetrated in search of the soul.

Maybin's work appears in a number of publications including The New Yorker Magazine, The Times, UK and various international public collections such as The National Gallery, Canada, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, The National Portrait Gallery, UK and private collections including The Sir Elton John Photography Collection.