The work is centred on female representation. Using found objects and ideas around ‘The Body,’ the imagery attempts to express the complexities built into female identity and the notions of femininity that come with it. The ragdolls portrayed in the images are a symbol of innocence, constancy, and uniformity. The ragdoll itself first appeared at the turn of the 20th century and established ideologies around femininity that we still relay and limit women to today. Although these ideologies have evolved, the connotations the ragdolls incite, linger in Barbie and Polly Pockets and other ‘toys for girls’ we champion now, to demonstrate that ‘The Angel in the House’ philosophy of women will always be present and applicable through the patriarchal gaze. Like women, ragdolls are discarded beings. The ragdolls featured in Bordolle speak an aggressive yet stoic truth that provokes female empowerment.
They are not victims.
Laura Noonan is a self-taught artist and curator fromCork, Ireland. She works predominately with lens-based fine art and acrylics.
In 2016, Laura formed the photography collective Meet Me at the Lamp(p)ost (MMATLP) in Vancouver with collaborator Tara Mary Paget. Through place-specific street photography, MMATLP celebrates the present and promotes contentment in self and place. Further to MMATLP, Laura also works as a solo artist, using fragmented and sometimes unsettling imagery to depict society’s evasive masks and layers while simultaneously casting a stark light on the human condition.
In addition to her practice, Laura has developed arts-based programming across Metro Vancouver that ranges from student mentoring initiatives and workshops to art competitions, artist talks, film screenings and gallery hops. She has worked with Capture PhotographyFestival, the Magenta Foundation, TED and more. Her commitment to activating awareness and curating engaging opportunities within the arts is constant. Laura lives and works in East Vancouver and continues to draw inspiration from the mosaic neighbourhood every day.
The Vancouver Visual Art Foundation (VVAF) presents anew gallery space in Downtown Vancouver, representing local as well as international artists. The gallery opened in November 2020.
The flagship event on VVAF’s annual calendar is Art Vancouver, a four-day event at Vancouver Convention Centre. This event builds bridges between artists and audiences through panel talks, presentations and art tours. VVAF was established in 2017, two years after Art Vancouver, growing out of the art fair’s goal to increase the city’s position as a nexus to local and international visual art. The events VVAF hosts and assists with are meant to help nurture Vancouver’s creative community and establish Vancouver as a city that successfully supports the arts. VVAF proudly creates opportunities for visual artists rewarding them with artist fees and honoraria according to national standards.