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Heather Benning:
The Dollhouse

May 2 - June 9, 2012

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Dusk #2, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail) SOLD *limited editions available

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Dusk #3, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail) SOLD *limited editions available

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Under the Stairs Reflection, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Kitchen Reflection #1, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Living Room Reflection, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Green Bedroom Night, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Upstairs Foyer Night, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Documentary (1), 2012, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 16 x 21.25" (detail)

Heather Bennin

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Documentary (2), 2012, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 16 x 21.25" (detail)

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Documentary (3), 2012, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 16 x 21.25" (detail)

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Documentary (4), 2012, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 16 x 21.25" (detail)

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Dusk #1, Kodak Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail) SOLD *limited editions available

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Blue Night #1, 2012, Digital C-print, 20 x 30" SOLD *limited editions available

Heather Benning

BOOK - Heather Benning: the dollhouse, 2012, hardcover book, 55 pages, 1st edition of 50, signed

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse - Suite of 30 works, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-prints, 20 x 30" each (detail)

Heather Benning - book

The Dollhouse is a suite of 30 photographs that present the transformation of an abandoned farmhouse in rural Manitoba into a life-sized dollhouse. The photographs reveal a degraded wooden house in a flat empty field. Around the back of the house, an entire wall has been replaced with Plexiglas, revealing rooms that have been fully restored and furnished with decor dating from around the time the house was abandoned in 1968. The contrast in the exterior and interior speak to themes surrounding the passage of time, childhood play, memory, reclamation and nostalgia. The Dollhouse delves deeply into exploring the act of dwelling and engaging with a deep sense of place.

Heather Benning created The Dollhouse while serving as artist-in-residence for Redvers, Saskatchewan, about 30 kilometres west of the house near Sinclair, Manitoba. The installation took nearly 18 months to complete.

Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the installation, this exhibition will feature selected works from the suite of 30 photographs as well as never before exhibited images documenting the creation of The Dollhouse.

Heather Benning was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan in 1980 and now lives and works in rural Saskatchewan and Glasgow, Scotland. She began her formal studies in fine arts at the University of Regina, and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004, and a Master of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Between her degrees, Benning returned to Saskatchewan, where she completed several large-scale, site-specific installations. She has had numerous solo and group shows throughout Canada (Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) and abroad (Germany, Scotland, England and France). Heather’s work has been reviewed in Canadian Art magazine (Spring 2005, 2011), Sculpture magazine (Spring 2008), Galleries West (2009), Espace (Winter 2009/2010) and Uppercase Magazine (Issue 8). Benning recently received a Professional Development Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts (Summer 2009) and was nominated for the Sobey Art Award long list in 2010. // Curriculum Vitae

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PRINT

NationalPost
 
PNReview
 
SculptureMagazine
Tristin Hopper: "World’s largest dollhouse gutted in fire lit by artist who created it." National Post. April 9, 2013   Sheri Benning: "Dollhouse." PN Review. July - August 2008.   Naomi Potter: "Sinclair, Canada - Heather Benning - Highway 2." Sculpture Magazine. Spring 2008.
LocationMagazine
 
FeminaMagazine
Irish Mae: "Concepts We Crave." Location Magazine. 2008.   "Building a Doll's House." Femina. Aug 2008.

ONLINE

Carol Off and Jeff Douglas: "Dollhouse Fire" segment. As It Happens, Part Three, CBC Radio. April 11, 2013 (audio)
Marilyn Maki, Radio Noon, CBC Manitoba. April 11, 2013 (audio)
Andrea Ratuski: "Artist burns her life-sized dollhouse to the ground." Scene, CBC Manitoba. April 11, 2013 (online)

"Abandoned House Turned Gigantic Dollhouse by Heather Benning." Juxtapoz Magazine. July 5, 2012 (online)
Richard Hartley-Parkinson: "Ever wished you could live like Barbie? Artist turns derelict building into life-size dolls house with huge wall of glass." Daily Mail UK. June 13, 2012 (online)

Beth McEachen: "Breaking and Entering: Haunted Houses." Canadian Art. March 17, 2011 (online)