Remainder

Remainder
2008

Hilary Tolan’s work draws us into a place where the artificial and the natural world meet and intermingle.  Wax coated faded flowers exist alongside their man-made equivalent, the silk flower.  On a lavishly appointed banquet table real and replica ferns, roots, flowers and leaves take the place of the usual domestic table settings.  Drawings in the exhibit play on organic forms, cut images of roots dangle from the wall and keep company with printed images, photocopies and objects that come off the wall.  The work evokes ideas preservation, memory and loss at the same time as it questions what is real, what is artifice and just what we hope to save?