3511 Marguerites


2 inkjet prints, 188 x 116,8 cm and 10,2 x 15,2 cm

2 épreuves jet d'encre, 188 x 116,8 cm et 10,2 x 15,2 cm

This work was created for the 2009 exhibition Préoccupations: Photographic Explorations of the Grey Nuns Mother House/Explorations photographiques de la maison mère des Soeurs Grises,  held at Concordia University's FOFA Gallery and curated by Martha Langford.

On the occasion of this exhibition 12 artists were asked to make a work based on the Grey Nuns Mother House, which at the time was undergoing transfer of ownership to Concordia University to serve as a student residence.

The Grey Nuns order was founded in Montréal in 1737 by Marguerite d’Youville and since that time 3511 Grey Nuns have been initiated into the community. The large panel is a digital photo-montage comprised of 3511 unique photographs of daisies - each one representing one of those nuns. The French word marguerite means daisy in English.

Text of Artwork

Au jour anniversaire d’une soeur grise, une marguerite en plastique est placée à côté de son nom au tableau des soeurs par residence situé à l’entrée de la maison mère. 

On the birthday of a Grey Nun a plastic daisy is placed beside her name on the board of residents situated at the entrance of the Mother House.