JennieSuddick reflects on the role that tourism plays in how Canadians access the iconic landscape, facilitating access to the country’s vast geography. Small, celebrated “pit-stops” serve a unique dual-purpose – hubs for the communities in which they are found, and sought out (or accidental) landmarks for travelers.
Through handmade miniature structures referencing architectural model making and papercraft, Suddick elevates the status of roadside sites by presenting them as carefully constructed, detailed forms. Here, the artist highlights Weber’s Hamburgers, located on Highway 11 in Orillia, Ontario. This landmark, for locals and tourists alike, opened to northbound traffic in 1963. To meet the demand by returning cottage country traffic, the Weber family acquired a portion of Toronto’s CN Tower Pedestrian Bridge in 1983 to span across the four lane road. It became the first and only privately owned bridge built over a public highway in Ontario, where it still stands as a noted Canadian tourist site.
Jennie Suddick is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe. She earned her MFA from York University and holds both a BFA and Advanced Visual Studies Certificate from OCAD University. Suddick has participated in The Woodn’t Bees Residency Programme (Berlin), The Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency (Toronto) and The Elsewhere Collaborative Artist in Residence Programme (North Carolina). Her solo installation projects have recently been featured at The Art Gallery of York University and Okazi Gallery in Berlin, Germany. She currently teaches at OCAD University and holds the 2011 Donald O’Born Family Scholarship from Open Studio.