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Item Name: Photograph
Title: The Dollhouse: Dusk #3
Maker: Heather Benning
Year: 2011
Country: Canadian
Materials: Kodak Endura Digital C-print
Measurements: overall: 20 in x 30 in ed. 4/10
ID Number: PC2014.1
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: In 2005, Heather Benning acquired the use of a farmhouse, abandoned in the late 1960's and located near Sinclair, Manitoba on highway #2 to create The Dollhouse. Over 18 months, Benning restored and furnished the house to the era the house was abandoned. The Dollhouse ended up being an 8-year long project, where once the structure of the house became unsafe, Benning burned the house and documented the event through photography. Benning’s work is deeply influence from her youth on the Prairies where imagination and play essential childhood components. In creating a human scale “play-house” on that quiet patch of land in Manitoba, Benning also plays to our inquisitive nature, allowing us to see into forbidden and intimate domestic spaces, imagining ourselves to be a part of that dream-like space. Heather Benning (1980- ) currently lives and works in rural Saskatchewan. She completed her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004, and a MFA of sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Between her degrees, Benning returned to Saskatchewan, where she completed several large-scale, site-specific installations. She has had numerous solo and group shows throughout Canada and abroad. Heather’s work is held in various Canadian collections and has been reviewed widely by national art magazines.