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Item Name: Sculpture
Title: Green
Maker: Monica Napier
Year: 2005
Country: Canadian
Materials: electrical extension cords, plastic tags
Measurements: various
ID Number: PC2005.5

Extended Label Info: This image documents an installation exhibited at Dunlop Art Gallery in 2005, and was part of Monica Napier’s exhibition, “mad, mad, mad, mad world” which featured her Power Cord Series. Napier constructed her sculptures with extension cords and zip ties, creating abstract, organic-looking forms through a process of coiling and fastening. In her work, Napier looks for meaning in how things connect, both literally and figuratively, exploring themes of power structures, personal control (and its loss), and domestic labour. The Power Cord Series clearly invites questions about power structures. The sculptures also demonstrate the hours of work that went into their construction, opening a discussion on the worth of labour and craft. Napier describes this series as inspired by her first winter living in Saskatchewan with: “air so cold and dry it sparkles, people going to work in the morning in total darkness….[and] all the extension cords: colourful, cartoon-like umbilical cords, attaching cars to houses and to the more institutional grids of parking lots.” Monika Napier (1964 - ) Monica Napier is a sculptor and installation artist. Born in Montréal, Quebec, she began her fine arts education with a BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University (1988), before moving to Vancouver to earn her Diploma in Fine Arts at Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1992). Then she moved to Halifax, where she graduated with her MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1998) and taught sculpture. Moving to Saskatoon in 2000, Napier worked at the University of Saskatchewan for several years before returning to Montreal. She is currently on staff with John Abbott College. Napier has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is held in public collections.