Liz Magor, talking about the work Pink Shimmer
Polymerized gypsum, naturalized bird, cellophane
15 × 32 × 19 cm
Courtesy Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
It’s the same period as the pets and the cardboard works like the Good Shepherd, or Membership. You can see it’s a cardboard box. It’s really small. This was the beginning of working with the cardboard. So it’s just a little cardboard box and into the box I poured the material, then I just peeled the box away and I’m left with this shape. I had these birds. They’re stuffed birds. They’re antiques. They’re over a hundred years old. So they’re from an antique store. I think they were collected in the Yucatan or someplace. And I kept them in a box for a long, long time and then I wanted them to have relationships with other things I had made. So I cast a glove. These are images of tenderness, I guess, or images of care. And it’s just this collection of box, magic paper, protective bag, protective hand and vulnerable object.