Artist: Maryon Kantaroff
"I think I was asking, where do we all come
from?" In Cordella we see Kantaroff's attention shifting to a
universal fascination with the idea of origins. The piece is dynamic and seems
almost to be growing organically. Cordella is caught up in the evolutionary
tension of being a living thing. Beginning at the microscopic level, one half
of this clam-shaped sculpture seems to represent a cell moving through the
earliest stages of its division. The other half, more rounded and smooth, holds
on to the perfectly natural shape and symbol of an egg. Cordella also restates
Kantaroff's interest in paired shapes or matching dualities. The two
hemispheres flow into each other. They emphasize again the ideas of fluid
natural development and contact. It is an important work for the artist and for
the Odette Sculpture Park. "I think this one piece almost sums up my
philosophical vision of the world."
About Maryon Kantaroff
One of Canada's most recognized sculptors, Maryon
Kantaroff, was born in Toronto in 1933. She studied Piano at the Royal
Conservatory of Music and majored in Art and Archaeology at the University of
Toronto, receiving her honours degree in 1957. She was assistant Curator at the
Art Gallery of Ontario from 1957-1958 and then went on to pursue postgraduate
studies in American Ethnology at the British Museum in London. While in England
she also studied at Reading University, the Sir John Cass College of Art and
the renowned Chelsea College of Art. In addition she has been an Art Critic for
the British Broadcasting Corporation and Eastern Europe Broadcasting.
At home, Kantaroff has been a major political and
philosophical presence in Canadian Sculpture for more than thirty years. She is
a founding member of the Toronto New Feminists, and continues to be committed
to the human rights projects of Amnesty International and Artists for Peace. In
1974 she established the Toronto Art Foundry, which she operated until 1988,
casting bronze sculptures for herself as well as other artists across Canada
and the United States.
She has exhibited extensively in England, Europe,
Canada and the United States, including several solo exhibitions in London,
Milan, Munich, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Los Angeles and Sophia, Bulgaria.
Her private commissions include monumental works for the Canadian Embassies in
Tokyo and Mexico City as well as several sculptures for courthouses, hospitals,
synagogues and estates in the Toronto area. Kantaroff has received the
YMCA's "Women of Distinction Award" for courage and outstanding
achievement in the arts, and in 1992 she was recognized with the Sculpture
Society of Canada's prestigious President's Award.