The Pharaoh’s Forearm and the King’s Foot by Tegan Smith

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Tegan Smith 
The Main Gallery . July 10 – August 8, 2014
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St, Edmonton

The Pharaoh’s Forearm and the King’s Foot is a sculptural group made with found objects and cutout body contours. Throughout time and in different places, people measured stuff using their body parts. A tailor would measure a yard of fabric from his nose-tip to the fingers holding the other end of the cloth. The ancient Egyptian cubit is believed to be the length of the Pharaoh’s forearm. Standardized measurements are used to compare people. A French foot measured smaller than the English one, leading to the myth of Napoleon’s shortness. My sculptures show female body parts which are smaller than standardized Imperial measurements. This measuring enterprise developed from twenty years documenting my body and habitual activities, including collections of body detritus and a pelt-like map of my made from measurements one inch apart.

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