Ledge Gallery: Patricia Dawkins
The Mona Lisa Museum of Kitsch
The Ledge Gallery (+15 level of Centre Court)
Dates: December 11, 2014 - February 26, 2015
Artist Reception: Thursday, February 12 from 5 – 8 pm, Upper Centre Court
Arts Commons is happy to have The Mona Lisa Museum of Kitsch by Patricia Dawkins in The Ledge Gallery. This exhibition playfully examines one of the world’s most famous paintings, the Mona Lisa, inspiring commentary on fine art becoming kitsch.
“It began with a postcard followed by the gift of a postage stamp. Over time the accumulation of Mona Lisa images evolved from collection to installation,” says Dawkins.
Patricia Dawkins has a keen interest in multiples, collections, and the passage of time. Whether it is multiple images of the most recognizable painting in the world, or every individual leaf collected from one oak tree in front of her home, Dawkins is fascinated by the transformations created by the passage of time.
Dawkins has never seen the Mona Lisa. When in Paris she made a conscious decision not to visit the Louvre. Instead, she strolled through gift shops picking up Mona Lisa trinkets for her collection.
Educated at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and the University of Calgary, Dawkins also participated in a student exchange at the Royal College of Art in London England in 2006. She is an active supporter and participant in the Calgary visual arts community.