"Don't! Stop!" drawing by Diana Thorneycroft (Thorneycroft)
Although the work is loaded with black humour, it also reminds us of how frequently spouses die at the hands of their lovers.
—Diana Thorneycroft, artist
It's one thing to have a solo exhibition of your photographs in Paris. It's another to have your drawings included in a group show in France so soon after.
That's what happened to Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft. Her participation in Je t'aime....Moi non plus was arranged by her Paris dealer who Thorneycroft met at the Canadian Cultural Centre when she was in Paris for the opening of Caustic Landscapes of Canadian Imaginary.
Je t'aime....Moi non plus is a group exhibit being shown north of Paris. The show questions the love affair as a concept of separation.
SCENE asked Thorneycroft to describe her work that is featured in this show:
Several years ago artist/collaborator/husband Michael Boss and I put together a touring show called Foul Play.
The premise of the exhibition was to comment on the natural curiosity children have towards violence and the ubiquitous use of it as a form of entertainment in the media - particularly in television shows geared towards a younger audience.
My component consisted of a series of drawings of plush toys drawn in compromised positions; bound, hanging, keeled over dead. They appeared to be victims of foul play either at their own hands or the hands of others, making the "toys" to be as vulnerable to death as human beings.
In keeping with my love of black humour, I was curious to see what a drawing of a violently murdered purple dinosaur would look like and the emotions it would elicit. After completing several drawings that portrayed a single casualty, it occurred to me that I could do images that included both the assailant and victim.
I started first working on a series called Desperate Housewives, and then another called
Failed Relationships and have called the combination There must be 50 ways to kill your lover.