Identity refers to what is unique or distinctive about an individual or group. Every community constructs its image of itself around symbols, pictures, texts, rituals, customs and objects that establish it and enable it to differentiate itself from other groups. Identity may refer to the nation to which an individual belongs, or to one's gender or culture. It also appears to reside in the ways in which peoples come to talk about themselves over time.
Identity refers to what is unique or distinctive about an individual or group. Every community constructs its image of itself around symbols, pictures, texts, rituals, customs and objects that establish it and enable it to differentiate itself from other groups. Identity may refer to the nation to which an individual belongs, or to one's gender or culture. It also appears to reside in the ways in which peoples come to talk about themselves over time.

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Delicate Issue, 1979

Collection of Université du Québec à Montréal, purchase
1979
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In <i>Delicate Issue</i>, Kate Craig scrutinizes her body’s orifices and dwells on its expanses of skin peppered with wrinkles, blotches and hair. The viewer’s relationship to the female body, presented as a surface, is called into question by the words spoken by the artist. Her systematic exploration of her own body, as recorded on video, is her way of tackling the equivocal subject of female identity and attitudes towards women’s roles, issues that bring us into the sphere of feminism. Such close-up observation signals a lack of distance and at times causes us to lose our bearings, so that everything is deformed and disfigured. The body as a site of affirmation and identity appears piecemeal, becoming a fragmented entity.

To see a video excerpt from Delicate Issue, please follow this link.
In <i>Delicate Issue</i>, Kate Craig scrutinizes her body’s orifices and dwells on its expanses of skin peppered with wrinkles, blotches and hair. The viewer’s relationship to the female body, presented as a surface, is called into question by the words spoken by the artist. Her systematic exploration of her own body, as recorded on video, is her way of tackling the equivocal subject of female identity and attitudes towards women’s roles, issues that bring us into the sphere of feminism. Such close-up observation signals a lack of distance and at times causes us to lose our bearings, so that everything is deformed and disfigured. The body as a site of affirmation and identity appears piecemeal, becoming a fragmented entity.

To see a video excerpt from Delicate Issue, please follow this link.

© Galerie de l'UQAM 2007. All rights reserved

Kate Craig (1947-2002) was a Vancouver artist who helped found the Western Front artist-run centre in 1973, and became a major video art figure in Canada due to the quality of her work and her commitment to the arts community. She was also known for her performance and sculpture.
selected exhibitions
2003 Are You Talking to Me? Conversation(s), Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal (Québec) [Louise Déry, Didier Prioul and Marie-Pierre Sirois, curators] 1988 Kate Craig: Skin, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (British Columbia) 1985 Les vingt ans du Musée à travers sa collection, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)
Kate Craig (1947-2002) was a Vancouver artist who helped found the Western Front artist-run centre in 1973, and became a major video art figure in Canada due to the quality of her work and her commitment to the arts community. She was also known for her performance and sculpture.
selected exhibitions
  • 2003 Are You Talking to Me? Conversation(s), Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal (Québec) [Louise Déry, Didier Prioul and Marie-Pierre Sirois, curators]
  • 1988 Kate Craig: Skin, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (British Columbia)
  • 1985 Les vingt ans du Musée à travers sa collection, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • demonstrate an understanding of how science and art can be linked;
  • try to explain the state of mind of the artist when she made this art piece.

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