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Invited by Open Studio to realize a print media project, celebrated Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut worked with master lithographer Kevin Haas to create a series of three prints titled La Bouche.

Hurlbut writes:
Like my predecessor artist Joyce Wieland, who kissed the lithographic stone to form all the words of O Canada (1969), I’m following suit with a series of individual idioms. The first idiom I’m committing to kissing out on the litho stone is “Don’t put words in my mouth.” Historically, the idiom is a combination of words with a figurative meaning separate from the literal meaning. La Bouche combines the literal and figurative implications of the idiom. It is a forced merger of language and image that blurs the separation. – Spring Hurlbut, 2015

Born in Toronto in 1952, Spring Hurlbut attended the Ontario College of Art and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In the 1980s and 1990s, she began to integrate bones, claws and eggshells into her sculptures; in the 2000s, her photographic practice came to prominence with solemn, minimal prints of human ashes. Hurlbut was included in the 2010 Canadian Biennial and has exhibited in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Brazil and other locations across the globe. Her work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, NY, National Gallery of Canada, ON, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC, Art Gallery of Ontario, ON, among others. She is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto.
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© Spring Hurlbut, 2015. Go to our Open Studio website for information about this work.
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© Spring Hurlbut 2015 © Spring Hurlbut 2015. This work is framed.
© Spring Hurlbut 2015. This work is framed.