Killing Sailors and Other Short Stories

Killing Sailors and Other Short Stories is a collection of works inspired by writings and artwork from the “age of sail.” Threaded together, the works situate themselves in a world of dualities, addressing the liminal experience of being and desire. The platform for this work is the unsolved mystery of the Mary Celeste, a ship found abandoned heading to the Strait of Gibraltar, and the Strait itself as representing issues of borders, longing and unfulfilled promise. The images reference legends of female piracy, ghost ships, and the height of Dutch painting, while addressing aspects of masculinity versus femininity and revealing the simultaneity of frailty and strength.

Pyrate, 40x50in, C-Print, 2011

Carnivore, 40x50in, C-Print, 2011

Strait of Gibraltar (Looking to Spain), 48x63in, C-Print, 2011

Strait of Gibraltar (Looking to Morocco), 48x63in, C-Print, 2011

Lilies, 28x38in, C-Print, 2011

Anemones, 28x38in, C-Print, 2011

Killing Sailors, Book + Candle, 2011

Installation Views, ESP | Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, 2011

Installation Views, ESP | Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, 2011