Cabin in
the Snow


It’s surprising that the country isn’t dotted from coast to coast with these little forts… Perhaps it’s the distilled version of solitude that daunts us. Only the over-proof are driven to try it. For the rest of us, the Cabin in the Snow is best kept as an idea. A place where our true self resides knowing it has no real home in the world.

Liz Magor quotes in Jonathan Shaughnessy, “Discourses of Fire and Ice: Elements of Nature and Contemporary Art,” in Pierre Théberge (ed.), Elements of Nature, Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, 2005, p. 32-33.

Installation with cotton and scale model of a log cabin
Variable dimensions

Collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Purchased in 2004
Photos: Richard-Max Tremblay