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Lyn Carter
From February 27th 1999 to April 3rd 1999
Double

In some of her most recent work, Lyn Carter uses fabric as a substitute for skin, the forms she is concerned with suggest outside and inside at once. These works present forms that are dual garment and body. Heart, lung, bladder, the most private (our insides) are worn (exposed). The store bought cloths that make up these works carry patterns that complex the surface further. The deep blood red fabric of one of the shirt/heart forms in Double is covered with cupid images. The chintz fabric used for a shirt/lung form, normally used for interior decorating, has the appearance of a schema of veins.



 With an ever increasing technological means to see inside our bodies or our personal lives, the body’s skin feels more and more, said the artist, like a very thin and precarious sheath, barely able to contain or cover its contents. In the English language to «keep one’s shirt on» is to refrain from becoming angry or impatient; to remain calm. To «lose one’s shirt» is to lose all that one possesses. The shirt and in particular the well turned collar signals composure and self containment. In Double shirt after shirt with pattern after pattern, suggests that the construct can no longer mask or protect the flesh, blood and desire that lies just below the surface.

Lyn Carter studied textiles and graduated from Design program of Ontario College of Art in 1978. In the years following she exhibited mostly sculptural work that used textile as an art medium. In the mid-1980’s she organized a touring exhibition, "Clothing as Image". Since that time the sculptures that she has exhibited have become more site specific in their installation and have employed a wide range of materials. In general her work explores the relationship between the internal self and the external human body. In 1994 she completed an MFA at York University and works from her thesis exhibition "Freud’s Mouth" were seen in "Heavy Mental" at the Power Plant Gallery in Toronto (1995-96). Most recently her work was exhibited in "Between Sense and Place" at the Winchester Gallery in England (1997) and in "Made to Measure" at the Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto (summer 1998). She will be showing a new body of work in a solo exhibition called "Balance" at the Red Head Gallery in Toronto (February 10th –March 6th 1999) and also in Toronto, she will be included in the group exhibition "Cluster" at Pekao Gallery (February 19th to March 13th 1999).