A life is revealed in the intimate collections found in a friend’s home captured in this photograph by Shani Mootoo. Her photos are not curated. The collected objects—paintings, books in a beautiful wooden antique bookcase, painted models of boats, shells and framed skeletons tell a story about the owner’s interests. Mootoo’s compelling work invites the viewer to explore and share that story.
This giclee print on archival paper is editioned, 1/20.
“When I look at David's arrangements I see the artist, the intellectual, the homemaker, the man who is curious and knows something about everything….In photographing these collections, I create my own, with the camera becoming a net that captures and brings together a wall, or a table, or a bank of bookshelves into one compact space of the photograph.” Shani Mootoo
An accomplished writer, filmmaker, painter and photographer Shani Mootoo earned a BFA from the University of Western Ontario, and an MA in English from the University of Guelph. Her novels have been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Mootoo's paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally, most notably at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Queen’s Museum in NYC, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and at the Venice Biennale. Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and raised in Trinidad. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.