Influenced by the artifice of Victorian photography and the trickery of theater sets, I employ a mixture of photographic and sculptural techniques to create something akin to a tableaux vivant. Using a performance-based aesthetic, I explore our mythological connection to the natural world. To generate the series Constellation, I asked collaborators to stitch lengths of toilet paper into white bursts reminiscent of the ruffs worn in Dutch portrait paintings. I then hung a large piece of black fabric snipped with holes, instructed them to slip a wrist through, and outfitted each hand with its paper creation and a lit candle. The placement of the flames in these photographs replicates actual astronomical configurations that can been seen in star maps. The variety of candles used (birthday, sabbath) not only provide the primary source of illumination in the image, but like stars, exist as objects to which we direct our wishes and prayers.
born in Toronto
based in New York City.
Azoulay received her BFA from York University in 2000. Solo shows include Four Gallery, Dublin, '07; CUE Art Foundation (curated by Glenn Ligon), NYC '07; and Mercer Union, Toronto '06. Group shows include the Islip Art Museum, East Islip; Stichting, Eindhoven; Hanna Gallery, Tokyo; Art&Idea, Mexico City; Galerie Kunstbuero, Vienna, and White Columns, New York among others. She has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue.com, Slate, The Believer, Canadian Art, Elle, Border Crossings and ReadyMade. Recent projects include ‘The Frontier is Here’, a group exhibition at the ICCA Cape Breton, ‘Down with Liberty!’ a lecture at Deitch Studios in NYC and ‘Banquet of Tigress and Plumes’, an event that merged performance, food and sculpture. Upcoming shows include ‘Common Jive’ at the Elizabeth Foundation in NYC. www.karenazoulay.com