Text: Alec Coiro
All Images Courtesy of the Artist & Little Sister Gallery
Claire Christerson’s latest show is up in Toronto at Little Sister. Entitled Nightshade, the exhibition evokes the shadowy world of night. The artist, in fact, includes an ode she has written to this realm as part of the show, which is both personal and speak to universals of the human condition; who could argue with the sentiment: “I feel that night time is often when I feel myself unravel.”
The are also other examples of the artist using text in the show (Letter to Agatha, for example), and indeed we have always known Christerson to be masterful and evocative writer. Nightshade includes not only examples of Christerson’s writing but is also an excellent look at her versatility overall. The show seamlessly integrates Christerson’s work in fashion into its theme; there are also sculptural works that walk delightfully close to the borderline with a sinister sort of puppetry. The shows variety of form, however, is not something I noticed at first glance, as the entire show is so carefully wound together and unified that it almost reads as one single installation.