Inside the Cabinet of Queeriosities
by Julia Castrogiovanni, Production Assistant
As a production intern at The Works Art and Design Festival, I am intimately involved in the process of bringing art to the public. For this reason, the question of what art is able to be displayed in a public sphere and why is of particular interest to me. Deciding whether or not a piece is “good” is a nearly impossible task since art is so subjective. However, the tendency of comparing “art” to “craft” may provide some insight into the distinction of how images function within the context of visual culture. First of all, the differentiation of art and craft has a lot to do with the creator, viewer and critic who feel compelled to label such works. It can be argued that the line between art and craft is very fluid, as Ronnie Watt states: “when a crafted work loses its everydayness to become something extraordinary in our perception of what it is and can represent outside of its physical form, it can assume the properties of being art.”
With this in mind, this year’s exhibit entitled “Cabinet of Queeriosities” (a multi-artist show curated by Leila Armstrong) located on Churchill Square does an outstanding job of show-casing the blurring of art and craft to bring us something extraordinary. The effective use of traditional materials, such as textile, wood and ceramic in combination with the content of the show is visually stunning, but also prompts important conversations between the art and viewer. “Cabinet of Queeriosities” is an attraction not to be missed.
Julia Castrogiovanni is a visual artist from London, ON, whose practice encompasses drawing, painting, print-making, ceramics and fibre art. She is specifically interested in exploring feminist issues through the use of traditional media and presenting it in a contemporary context. She is a two-time Imadon Chalk Festival winner (2009, 2011). In 2014, she designed and installed a permanent exhibition at Longwoods Conservation Area in Mt. Brydges, Ontario.