Monday, February 25, 2019

Iris Häussler's Wax Museum

Iris Häussler, Mutter (Mother), 1998, fabric, wax 13" x 10" 














Iris Häussler Lost Gazes: Wax Works from the 1990s
Feb. 13, 2019 - April 6, 2019
Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto

Iris Häussler is known for her revealment of biographies, either real or fictional, through objects and their arrangements. One may view the roots of her methodology in this exhibition of works from the 1990s comprising fabric Häussler encased in canvas-shaped wax sculptures. Most compelling is a series that refers to the family vis a vis their laundry. Take Mutter, 1998, for example, in which blood-coloured, abstract-patterned fabric leaves the work open to multiple interpretations, including for some viewers the biological blood of family. While wax as encasement of personal history reads literally enough not to warrant further ponderance, wax as material evinces the shapes and forms that constitute the everyday in such a way that one is free to insert memories and associations into these lyrical objects.