Catherine Lescarbeau, Terrarium (vue de l’installation / installation), 2016.

Photo: Catherine Lescarbeau

Two of our plants (a zamioculcas zamiifolia and a polyscias scutellaria), originally acquired with the support of the Library Services Fund Committee, have been loaned to the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery for the TERRARIUM Installation which is located on the Ground Floor of the Hall Building until May 22, 2016.  The project is the brain-child of Catherine Lescarbeau and is part of the SIGHTINGS satellite exhibition program created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gallery.  SIGHTINGS is an experimental platform to test the possibilities and limitations of the “white cube”.

Catherine Lescarbeau is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Études et pratiques des arts at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She participated in several solo and group shows and presented various performances in alternative exhibition venues. She teaches Visual Arts at the college level and her current research is focused on the indoor plant.

[…] The goal of a terrarium is to present the biotope of a living space, of a circumscribed ecosystem. It makes it possible to observe plants in a built environment that imitates the climatic and living characteristics of the exhibited species’ natural environment. Transformed into a terrarium, the SIGHTINGS cube provides viewers with the opportunity to examine indoor (natural and synthetic) plants in their artificial living space, conceived on the basis of botanical identifications made on various sites throughout the university campus. In the manner of an exhibition space, the terrarium’s function is also to display different plant species that can survive in artificial and harsh environments. […]

(Documentation provided by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery)

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