– Chantal Fraser –

By Spring 2010

Shrouding her face and body with fabric of varying colour and pattern, at times delicately folded and others tightly bound, Fraser conjures a range of imagery from Magritte’s bound lovers to the Muslim burqa to hooded prisoners at Abu Ghraib. While challenging the traditional meaning and use of this culturally iconic object, the artist also flirts with the idea of body as sculptural form, herself becoming another object to be manipulated within the work. – Talia Linz

Chantal Fraser, Maiden militia, 2009, detail; type-C photograph, 130 x 110 cm; private collection