(photo by Toni Hafkenscheld)
Java Toile began as a reaction to and a reimagining of a series of 19th Century European candelabras I saw at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. These excessively ornate porcelain object were meant to represent the continents. Each one featured a central, robed, female figure sitting on an exotic animal supposedly representative of said continent, flanked by depictions of local flora.
As installed in Pattern Migration (curated by Kendra Ainsworth), Art Gallery of Mississauga, 2016