Irene F. Whittome

 September 28 - November 26, 1995
Curator : Joyce Yahouda

Born in 1942 in Vancouver, Irene F. Whittome lives and works in Montréal. Active for more than twenty-five years on the Canadian and international artistic scene, Irene F. Whittome has produced a body of important works in various mediums such as the print, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. Parallel to her artistic career, she is a professor at Concordia University in Montréal.

In her work, Irene F. Whittome explores themes such as duration, time, traces and origines of humanity. The idea of the occupied museum, since the 1970's has had an important place in her work. Le Musée des traces evokes the cabinet of curiosities of the XVIth and XVIIth centuries. The curious collected unusual objects, believing that they would in this way be able to seize the complexity of nature through its most bizarre aspects. Curio: Fantaisie Fantasia Fancy Phantasieren recalls these objects. The exhibition Consonance reunites these works created between 1976 and 1995.

Public Collections
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; Musée du Québec (Québec); Musée des beaux-arts du Canada; Musée des beaux-arts de l'Ontario; The Vancouver Art Gallery; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Musée d'art moderne (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Musée d'art moderne (Skopje, ex-Yougoslavia); Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario); The Municipal Museum (Birmingham, United Kingdom); Musée Sainte-Croix (Poitiers, France); The Utsukushi-ga-hara Open Air Museum (Hakone, Japan); Bibliothèque nationale (Paris, France).