By Susan Shantz
Canopy, an exhibition of artwork by U of S art professor Susan Shantz,
was shown at the Mendel Art Gallery in 2006/07. Shantz began work
on this labour-intensive project in 2003 during a residency at Boréal Art/
Nature in Quebec.
The room-sized floating canopy (shown here: 2.85 x 4 m.) uses manufactured versions of nature—synthetic leaves, laminated wood flooring—to point to the ways in which we long for nature in our daily lives but also turn it into something consumable.
In making floating canopy, Shantz sewed thousands of leaves from fabric and then suspended them by monofilament so they floated at knee-height, like leaves on water.
The care Shantz takes in making her work reveals her desire for the ideals represented by nature, while her choice of materials and images acknowledges the ways in which those ideas are always informed by cultural practices and perceptions.
Shantz has received grants from funding agencies, including the Canada Council for the Arts and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is in public and private collections.
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