Canadian, b. 1951
acrylic, Rhoplex on plywood
244 x 366 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from The Winnipeg Foundation
Considered one of Canada’s most distinguished and inventive artists, starting in the 1980s Wanda Koop charted new directions for painting, pushing the boundaries of presentation and display with her all-encompassing installations. This painting is part of a larger series entitled Airplanes and the Wall. After making hundreds of ink drawings, many of which were done under the runway flight path at the Winnipeg International Airport, Koop created an impressive group of works documenting the various commercial, private, and military planes that flew in and out of Winnipeg’s airspace. The scale of the work further enhances Koop’s underlying critique on how humankind has dominated and claimed every open and “free” aspect of the natural world.