From February 22 2008 to March 23 2008
SONIA HABERSTICH, Hudson (QC)
A self proclaimed product of the feminist revolution, artist Sonia Haberstich recycles found objects, mixes techniques and combines humour and sexuality to develop a practice that reflects upon the history, roles and traditions attributed to women in society and within the family unit. Her work often begins with a series of drawings that tell incomplete stories and borrows a ‘contour line’ that is normally associated with the world of comic-strip illustrations. Haberstich creates small-scale objects made from cheap materials that she installs, intuitively, onto the wall. The materials chosen and the sexual character embodied by these objects recall the societal roles traditionally assigned to women and men. By infusing these objects with a new poetic and symbolic function, Haberstich references the everyday creativeness of female role models from her childhood, while responding to the massive amount of physical waste produced by mass-consumption. She also incorporates amateur, self-taught embroidery into her installations, an aspect reminiscent of a childish hobby. Haberstich’s work explores the paradoxes that arose within the social climate of her own childhood and the sexual revolution of the 1970’s, a time when traditional models of femininity were in transition. This collision between the artist’s personal values and concerns is playfully expressed, here, through the installation Fresh Flesh at La Centrale. Sonia Haberstich was born in Quebec City in 1960. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University, where she also teaches part-time. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Quebec and elsewhere, notably Hand-Face-Body at the Gladstone Hotel (Toronto, ON), Fibreworks ‘06 at the Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge, ON) and The End with the Orange and Brown collective (Brisbane, Australia). Her work has appeared in publications and has shown at the Woman Made Gallery (Chicago) for the 8th International Open and at Camac (2004), in Marnay-sur-Seine, France, where she had an artist residency. Sonia Haberstich currently lives and works in Hudson, Quebec.