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Canadian Artist of the Week
LOOK AT THIS: Colleen Wolstenholme’s Pill Sculptures And Animal-Human Hybrids
March 8, 2014
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LOOK AT THIS is a weekly series featuring the work of Canadian artists, designers and creators of all sorts.

Name: Colleen Wolstenholme

Born: Antigonish, NS, 1963

Lives and works: Hantsport, NS (she also lives part-time in Toronto)

The work: Wolstenholme makes sculptures, drawings and collages that deal with the role of women, pharmaceuticals and technology in society. She's probably best known for her jewelry and large-scale sculptures of pills, which she started making in the 1990s. “I was on them, antidepressants, that is, and so were a bunch of my friends from grad school," Wolstenholme told "I wondered what they were doing in my brain. Also, pills are aesthetically pleasing, and I was attracted to them as objects." For her sculpture Exposée, Wolstenholme combines a nude female figure on a settee with the head of a cow, a reminder of the ways that humans can be seen as commodities.

Her current project: As part of a Ph.D she's completing in Toronto, Wolstenholme is working on a project that will see her take walks in Medieval towns as a starting point for making maps and electronically controlled light sculptures (you can see a picture of one of them in progress in the gallery above).

An unlikely Presidential connection: "I wrote a song with Sarah [McLachlan] and it was mentioned in the Clinton-era Starr Report through the inclusion of a note Monica sent to Bill about it.”

Wolstenholme and her daughter Sue are currently raising money for Hantsport Artist Residency, an eight-month stay for recent art graduates to develop their work while they live in Hantsport, Nova Scotia.


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