Mary Anne Barkhouse, Treats for a Coyote (Detail), 2017. Courtesy of the Coffer Gallery. Photo: Rafael Goldchain
Mary Anne Barkhouse: Le Rêve Aux Loups
Esker Foundation, Calgary, AB - Sep 16-Dec 22
Once described as “an ambassador between the human and natural worlds,” Mary Anne Barkhouse creates sculptures of wild animals as symbols of her environmental and social justice concerns. In her new exhibition, she juxtaposes creatures that inhabit the land with aspects of the extravagant palace interiors of Louis XIV of France. While challenging our exploitative relationship with nature, the works also underscore the transience of material wealth and imperial power in the long arc of human history.