THE ANNA WARD BROUSE PROJECT
Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Project (Toronto, ON), October 2009
Gallery Stratford (Stratford, ON), March–May 2008
Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Project (Toronto, ON), December 2007
Channeling the rituals and symbolism of Freemasonry, Girl Guides, and childhood games, Goodchild creates an origin story for an imagined secret society. A series of arches and dioramas entice the viewer through the gallery, revealing the stages of initiation revealed in a vision to the eponymous Anna Ward Brouse. A sense of rich but obscured meaning evokes the feelings of reverence, fear, and strange comfort that accompany all ceremonies of passage.
All images copyright Heather Goodchild (except where otherwise noted)