Group of Seven Awkward Moments

September 4, 2008

By Mike Landry

An awkward moment featuring Tom Thomson peeing overboard.

Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft once read that the Group of Seven were the visual equivalent of our national anthem. Her reaction was a quick, “Whoa! I’m not sure about that.”

“Some people think they represent Canadian culture, and they might have in the 20’s. We didn’t have much of a culture at all then,” says Thorneycroft. “But today they don’t represent Canadian culture. It’s mostly out of Quebec and Ontario and is done by white dead guys.”

Thorneycroft latest series, Group of Seven Awkward Moments, aims to subvert Canadian identity in the Group of Seven. Using Group of Seven paintings as backdrops she plunks dolls and props in front to turn the famous paintings into darkly humorous photographs.

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