Constructed Identities

Persimmon Blackbridge
May 4 – July 6, 2016

Select sculptures of three bodies by Persimmon Blackbridge

Constructed Identities, a major show of new work by Canadian artist Persimmon Blackbridge, was be the first exhibit held at the new TAG space. The pieces in the show helped the audience reshape understandings of disability, encountered disability artists who invigorate the art world, and interacted with inclusive technologies that reimagine how we experience art.

In Constructed Identities, Blackbridge used mixed media wood-carving with found objects to question how disability is framed as a fracturing of ordinary life rather than a normal, expected part of it. Her exploration of the figure begins in disability, but necessarily complicates itself as our embodied identities intersect and overlap.

About the artist:
For the past 40 years, Persimmon Blackbridge has worked as a sculptor, writer, curator and performer, as well as being a fiction editor, cleaning lady and very bad waitress. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, the Ferro-Grumley Fiction Prize, the VanCity Book Prize, the VIVA award for visual arts and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Distinguished Alumni Award, Blackbridge’s art has been shown across Canada and the U.S., as well as in Australia, Europe, and Hong Kong. She currently lives on Hornby Island in British Columbia.