Jennifer Rose Sciarrino   Ruffled Follicles and a Tangled Tongue

December 8, 2018 - February 17, 2019

Jennifer Rose Sciarrino: Ruffled Follicles and a Tangled Tongue


Ruffled Follicles and a Tangled Tongue is a solo exhibition by Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, featuring new sculptural installation and video works, with the artist thinking through language and gesture to a microscopic level. The installation is comprised of blown glass and carved stone bearing the resemblance of microscopic cells of seeds, spores and bacteria on a magnified scale. The sculptures are held in precarious positions by their steel armatures, a likeness to the gestures of taking and receiving of such cellular information. An alabaster dandelion seed resembling a tongue, reaches towards a split glass archaea that may remind us of a kidney. Aspects of life are enlarged and entangled, creating likely or uncommon relationships in the complex systems of worlding.


In the video work nearby, a strange trilogue can be heard in a conversation through prose, between three women discussing aspects of science fiction, feminism, entanglement, and the Anthropocene as they speculate new ways of understanding and communicating with each other and the world around them. The words are spoken into glass vessels that collect the accrued fluid from their lungs and mouth. The fluid becomes a focus of the video as it is captured through lenses of microscopy: the fluid moves from an ecosystem in itself to encompass the intention of their shared communication. 


Jennifer Rose Sciarrino is a Toronto based artist working in sculpture, video and installation. Her work considers our cause/effect relationship with the living world as well as the underlying entanglement of the micro and macro within nature and technology. Sciarrino has exhibited her work in the group exhibitions Talking Back, Otherwise at the Jackman Humanities Institute, Toronto; trans/FORM at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; To What Does This Sweet Cold Earth Belong? at The Power Plant, Toronto; and in solo exhibitions, Cloak at 811 Gallery, Toronto and Thrummer at Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto. In 2013, Sciarrino was a winner of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts’ Artist Prize. She is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery.

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