Irene F. Whittome
Born in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, in 1942
Using found objects, hand-made paper, pigments, and other items, Irene F. Whittome has created an enigmatic personal collection of assemblages, hieratic and totemic sculptures arranged in friezes and on the ground, austere and solemn minimalist paintings, suites of gestural drawings, and displays that mimic cabinets of curiosities. Through the years, she has constituted an extraordinary material inventory in which artifacts and gestures are re-contextualized. Throughout its successive cycles and iterations, her work—which is steadily marked by autobiographical undertones—deliberately interweaves traces of the present and eternity, historical knowledge and personal history.