CURRENT ISSUE | FALL 2017: THE IDEA OF HISTORY
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Suzy Lake

Suzy Lake

Born in Detroit in 1947. Lives and works in Toronto.

Suzy Lake is known for photo-based works in which the politics of the body, beauty and gender are explored in intelligent, exacting ways, often with a performative and serial component. Born in Detroit, she moved to Canada following the 1967 riots in her home city. In the early 1970s, she began to adopt a practice of performing for the camera, donning white makeup as a mask in her On Stage series. This practice has grown into her later, 2000s works like Extended Breathing, in which a single photograph captures her subtle movements over the course of an hour or more. Lake has exhibited internationally, and her contributions to feminist and conceptualist art forms have been honoured with inclusion in surveys such as “WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution” and “Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980.” Retired in 2008 from a teaching position at the University of Guelph, Lake now focuses on her studio practice and continues to create new work.

Photo is a detail of Suzy Lake’s 1976–77 work Choreographed Puppet (4 of 6)