Capture Benefit Auction
1st Session

September 07 - September 21, 2022


This session is closed for bidding.
Current bid: $900 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount
823618 16-Sep-2022 03:46:44 PM $900
14007 11-Sep-2022 10:02:26 AM $800
12455 08-Sep-2022 05:18:17 PM $700

LOT h017


Princess Cake
archival pigment print
on verso signed, titled, editioned 2/5 and dated 2021 on a label
21 1/8 x 14 in, 53.8 x 35.6 cm

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500 CAD

Sold for: $1,125

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Courtesy of the Artist

Svava Tergesen combines elements of sculpture, collage, and cooking to reimagine experiences of domesticity, gender, and health. Princess Cake, part of the playfully surreal Garnished Sundries series, considers how the pandemic has influenced the way we experience city life, entertainment, and the home environment. The artist’s vibrant colour palette, domestic textiles, and flat lighting take inspiration from the uncanny food photography of the 1950s and ’60s found in cooking books, magazines, and recipe cards. For Tergesen, manipulating food is a whimsical, aesthetic, and subversive gesture. It complicates the task of nurturing family, which upholds narratives of gendered labour within the home. Tergesen considers the use of her large format camera and analogue film to be a kind of plastic wrap—a second skin that preserves the “freshness” of her arrangements, halting the inescapable decomposition of food and textiles. Her camera becomes a thread between photography, sculpture, craft, and cooking.

Tergesen has exhibited in Canada and the United States at such venues as the Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver; The Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver; and University of Iowa, Iowa City, amongst others. Tergesen’s work was part of Capture’s 2022 Public Art program with an installation at the Marine Drive Canada Line station. She was recently long-listed for the New Generation Photography Prize and was short-listed for the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize. Tergesen lives and works in Vancouver.

Consignor proceeds will benefit Capture Photography Festival.

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Curatorial text courtesy of Capture Photography Festival.

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