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Posted September 28 , 2010
Art & Culture

Coffee, soil and squash

A Good-bye to Product of Eden at The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Kitchener - Artist Mary Catherine Newcomb’s outdoor exhibition Product of Eden at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is closing with a good-bye event on October 2nd from 10 a.m. to noon. The event invites neighbors and community members to continue Newcomb’s legacy by taking home soil from the exhibition. The bulk of the soil will find new life with Waterloo Region community gardens including the Victoria Hills Multicultural Community Garden.

Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee, meet the artist, Mary Catherine Newcomb and engage with others who have watched the development of this unique outdoor exhibition in person and through the artist’s blog. At 11 a.m. Gallery staff will be on hand to remove the plants and distribute the soil to community members who would like some for their garden and have brought their own containers. All are welcome and admission is free.

A temporary installation of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, located at the front entrance of Centre In The Square.

In Product of Eden 2010 artist Mary Catherine Newcomb explores allegories of knowledge and time in a 400 square foot garden installation outside of the front entrance to the gallery. Over the course of the summer Newcomb nurtured jumbo pink banana squash plants and shaped its fruit into curious infant-like creatures with the use of custom-made moulds. Visitors to the Gallery and the Centre in the Square have stopped by frequently to witness growth and muse over its meaning in Newcomb’s provisional Eden.

Mary Catherine Newcomb’s sculptural practice has examined the human relationship with narrative, memory and the ephemeral nature of life. With rabbits that wield tools and mythical deer-like creatures that appear to be conjoined at the midsection, Newcomb often employs animal imagery to suggest an understanding of our surroundings that is rich in symbolic and empathetic value. Her sculptures, made of papier mâché, plasticene, and more recently vegetable matter, beg us to search for their mythical origins while remembering the transitional nature of their materiality.

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