Janet Morton, Cozy, 1999-2000
Janet Morton Artist Talk
Free, everyone welcome.
Janet Morton is best known for Cozy, a sculptural installation that completely covered a functional home on Toronto Island with 800 off-white sweaters. The piece evolved out of thoughts regarding home and homelessness and reflected her feminist interest in textiles, the production of which is traditionally female and overlooked as a valid form of art.
Janet Morton has exhibited internationally since 1992 and can be found in collections including that of the National Gallery of Canada. Her work playfully and critically examines our relationship to the natural world and everyday objects, using knitting and sewing symbolically as blatant, low-tech metaphors. By working with stereotypically domestic techniques and recycled materials, Morton explores issues of consumption and how value is assigned to objects and time. Morton lives in Guelph, Ontario and is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto.