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THE DOLLHOUSE

   

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Dusk #3, 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: 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: Rainbow, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Kitchen Reflection #2, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Kitchen Reflection #3, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Blue Bedroom #2, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: "I'm Alone", 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: How to Sell by Telephone, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Through the Kitchen Window, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Blue Night #1, 2011, Digital C-print, 20 x 30"

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Blue Night #2, 2011, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, 20 x 30" (detail)

Heather Benning

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

Heather Benning

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Living Room Night, 2011, Kodak 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

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

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)

 

 
THE DEATH OF THE DOLLHOUSE  

Heather Benning: The Death of the Dollhouse: Living Room, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print,(detail)

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Night #1, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, (detail)

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Night #2, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, (detail)

Heather Benning: The Dollhouse: Night #3, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print, (detail)

Heather Benning: The Death of Dollhouse: Fire #1, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print

Heather Benning: The Death of Dollhouse: Fire #2, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print

Heather Benning: The Death of Dollhouse: Fire #3, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print

Heather Benning: The Death of Dollhouse: Fire #4, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print

Heather Benning: The Death of Dollhouse: Fire #5, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print

Heather Benning: The Death of Dollhouse: Fire #6, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print

Heather Benning: The Death of Dollhouse: Fire #7, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print

Heather Benning: The Death of Dollhouse: Fire #8, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print

Heather Benning: The Death of Dollhouse: Fire #9, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print

Heather Benning: The Death of Dollhouse: Fire #10, 2013, Kodak Endura Digital C-print

 

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.

Exhibitions

- Touring exhibition of new sculpture - Art Gallery of Grande Prairie & Mendel Art Gallery: http://www.theymadeadaybeadayhere.ca/heather-benning/

- Selected works from Heather Benning's "The Dollhouse" featured "Creative Play: The Saskatchewan Arts Board’s 65th Anniversary Touring Exhibition." Curated by visual artist Jennifer McRorie, the exhibition features new acquisitions from the Permanent Collection. Through a partnership with the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC), it is touring 12 communities during the Arts Board’s anniversary year, including North Battleford, Redvers, Biggar, Regina, Saskatoon, Shaunavon, Regina Beach, La Ronge, Leader, Melfort, Prince Albert and Outlook. (Guide)

 

Select Press

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.
FeminaMagazine   Era 21   Black Flash
"Building a Doll's House." Femina. Aug 2008.   "Playscapes." ERA21
More on Architecture!
#03 2013 (Czech Republic)
  “The Death of the Dollhouse: Front Smoke” Detail. BlackFlash
Magazine, Issue 30.2, 2013
LocationMagazine
 
Irish Mae: "Concepts We Crave." Location Magazine. 2008.   Room Magazine 36.4: "A Progressive Lens." Edited by Amy McCall & Lorrie Miller.

   

ONLINE

Heather Benning

- Sarah Doktor: "Inaugural artist residency program begins at Norfolk Arts Centre." Simcoe Reformer. Jan 20, 2014 (online)
- Alison Cooley: "They Made A Day Be A Day Here: Prairie Positive." Canadian Art. Jan 16, 2014 (online)
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John Shelling: "Artists amaze in little show on Prairies." The Starphoenix. Oct 2, 2013 (print/online)
- Jené Gutierrez: "Heather Benning’s Life-Size Dollhouse
." Beautiful/Decay. July 30, 2013 (online)
- Keerthana Jagadeesh: "Abandoned Prairie Farm Transformed into Life-Sized Dollhouse." PSFK. July 3, 2013. (online)
- Alison Nastasi: "10 Artists Who Destroyed Their Own Work." Flavorwire. June 1, 2013
(online)
- Sarah Bijlsma: "Huge Toys." Take a Charcoal. May 19, 2013 (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)
- Alison Nastasi: "Abandoned Spaces Reclaimed by Art." Flavorwire. Sept 17, 2012 (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)
- "Abandoned farmhouse becomes life-sized dollhouse." CBC News. June 11, 2007 (online)