Double
Scarp

1980

Liz Magor, talking about the work Double Scarp

Textile, plaster, steel
18.5 cm × 165 cm × 47 cm

Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of the artist

Double
Scarp

1980

After Production was finished I was also interested in the form, that brick shape, of the rectangle or the cubic thing. And I decided to take that shape and take it closer to the human figure. So in the work called Double Scarp, which was done the same year, I made basically a brick of fabric: it’s white shirts and black pants. And I pressed these sort of cakes of fabric between angle-iron frames, and the frames are squeezed down by tightening up these nuts and bolts. And then I took a knife and I cut the excess, the sticking-out fabric, and I used the angle-iron frame to sharpen up the form. And so that was quite… in a way I am doing a sort of a crude and aggressive hacking action to make something nice and pure.