By Dorota Kozinska

Born in 1948 in Winnipeg, she has had a long and rich career that also included teaching at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Known for thought-provoking pieces and installations, she is truly a conceptual artist worth delving into.

And now we all have a chance to familiarize ourselves with her diverse production in a retrospective exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary art.

Billed as a "non-chronological" survey, it covers Magor's vast range of interests and visual expressions.

It's a little bit of an inner and outer world, and perhaps something in-between. Her themes are as varied as her materials, and both are intricately, wittily assembled into works of art that make the viewer stop and think.


An animal head wrapped in a blanket, a chocolate bar sticking out from crumpled tweed fabric, a raccoon made of gypsum laid out like a corpse on a table among blue beads from a broken necklace. Animal, vegetable, mineral? Probably neither.

This is Magor's take on our surroundings, on consumerism and materialism, and on our addiction to things. Magor works in series, often repeating certain objects, as if searching for the right balance.

This is one exhibition that needs time to be fully appreciated, and even a second visit. I am heading out for another look...

Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
185 Ste-Catherine St.
Montreal, QC
June 22 to September 5, 2016

Place des Arts->
The museum created a special website for Habitude(lien externe)

Photo credits:

Liz Magor
© Liz Magor. Courtesy the artist
Carton II, 2006
Polymerized gypsum, cigarettes, gum, matches, lighter
Edition ½
29 x 53 x 48 cm
Collection of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
Buck (Blanket), 2008
Polymerized gypsum, cotton
25.5 x 51 x 51 cm
Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Photo: SITE Photography
Being This, 2012
1 of 24 boxes, paper, textiles, found objects
48.2 x 30.5 x 6.3 cm (each box, approx.)
Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Photo: SITE Photography



Tweed (Toblerone), 2008
Polymerized gypsum, chocolate bar
41 x 41 x 13 cm
Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Photo: SITE Photography
Pearl Pet, 2015
Polymerized gypsum, polyethylene
27 x 29 x 26 cm
Courtesy of the Shlesinger-Walbohm Family Collection, Toronto
Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid
Racoon, 2008
Polymerized gypsum, candies
12.7 x 53.9 x 83.1 cm
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund
Photo: Scott Massey