John James #P18 Maid of La Région Centrale
By John James
Salt Spring Island, BC
|Dimensions||48 × 32 in|
Transmounted chromogenic transparency lightbox
This work explores the intersection of historical approaches to aesthetics and the breakdown of roles and categories in our current age. Cues are provided regarding the intention to retrieve a model from the past. With this comes a language and a way of seeing the world that has not survived the migration into the present—a handmade dress, a suit of armor with a distant landscape behind. Gender, material, idealism, and duty take shape in the foreground, while a single frame of Michael Snow’s La Région Centrale provides a Canadian context in which the elements coalesce.