After the Hunt
September 16 - November 11, 2016 | Reception: Friday September 16, 5-7pm.
Emily Jan, After the Hunt, mixed media installation, 2014
Emily Jan’s installation After the The Hunt features a three-dimensional life-sized tableau based upon the visual language of 17th century Dutch still-life painting. It combines elements of 17th century Dutch post-hunt still lifes with their contemporary genres of bloemetje (floral), banketje (banquet), ontbijtje (little breakfast) and vanitas genres into one sprawling staging that comments upon the excesses of modern society both materially, through accretion of labour and matter, and conceptually, by referencing the ‘embarrassment of riches’ for which the Dutch Golden Age was known – riches acquired through the era’s expended trade routes and colonial conquests, which echo our own.
The installation is made of handmade, hyperreal felted woollen animals and carcasses (roe deer, boar, rabbit, pheasant, and hunting flacon) mixed with found objects, plastic faux-foods, felted fruit and snails and real flowers and plants.
Emily Jan is a Montréal-based artist and writer. Originally hailing from San Francisco, California, Jan has traveled to 34 countries and lived in four, including South Africa and Mexico. As a wanderer, naturalist, and collector of objects and experiences, she is guided in her work by the spirit of exploration, kinship, and curiousity.
Jan holds an MFA from Concordia University (2014), a BA with Honours from Brown University (2000), and a BFA with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts (2009). She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has recently returned from an artist residency in Denali National Park, Alaska. Her work can be seen in upcoming exhibitions in Windsor, Edmonton, Hamilton and the Fiberart International Triennial in Pittsburgh, USA.
The Union Gallery thanks the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund for their generous support.