Erika Dueck

Ontario, Canada

CIRCA art actuel

372, rue Ste-Catherine O #444, Montréal, QC H3B 1A2

My miniature architectural interiors explore how we perceive and interpret reality. Although the spaces are bounded, they refuse to be contained.They play with disclosure and deception, creating opportunities for everything known and unknown to become unstable and reverse upon itself.

The toy-like scale is innocuous andalluring, quietly consuming the viewer while simultaneously increasing the distance between the viewer and object. Viewers can project themselves into the spaces only to be pushed outside of them, unable to physically explore the structures. Itcreates an experience alternating between presence and absence. There is a longing and desire which can never be fulfilled.

The interiors confound space,at times piercing the physical structures that surround them, becomingpassageways that stretch out to remote locations, or cycling through endless loops. It is not clear whether the spaces promise progress or transform intolabyrinthine prisons that overwhelm and confuse. The mirrored scenes are illusions that stretch and unfold. They contain invisible worlds that expand and collapse, disappearing in a moment and ceasing to perceptually exist once abandoned. All that is left are mental reconstructions that quietly shiftas soon as the image is removed. The makeshift constructions are just as fragile as the fleeting encounters that activate their interiors. Perceptions are misleading, yet we cannot look away from the promise of more than we could have imagined.

In your artistic background, which perspective connects you to the theme Brave New World?

The isolated worlds within my miniatures are removed from their surroundings, existing independently of the physical structures which surround them and detached from a miniature exterior world that could give them context. Similarly, Brave New World offers a reality that is detached from the natural world, human history, and intimacy with others. Both worlds are foundationless structures that exist apart from the realities which surround them.

Despite abundance in both worlds, there is a fundamental deficit thinly veiled behind the spectacle. The flimsy constructs of my miniatures are just as prone to collapse as the carefully devised society within Brave New World; the smallest interruption causes the illusions to degrade and disintegrate.


Erika Duecklives in Guelph, Ontario where she is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. She holds her BFA with Honours from the University of Manitoba and has received several awards and scholarships for her work, including SSHRC, the National Winner of the BMO 1st Art! Competition, and recognition as one of eleven winners in the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights Global Art Competition.

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