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Clarissa Inglis
Floor Mops
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Clarissa Inglis, Tedious Chores Series: Laundry Soap 1979.
Steel, plastic, soap. 99.1 x 55.9 x 55.9 cm. Collection of CCAG.
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Clarissa Inglis, Tedious Chores Series: Floor Mops 1979.
Steel, wood, cotton. 99.1 x 111.8 x 111.8 cm. Collection of CCAG.



Clarissa Inglis was born in Hungary in 1936. She first studied art in Paris during the 1960s. She exhibited there as a painter in 1964 but did not pursue a career as an artist at that time. Twelve years later she enrolled in the Experimental Arts program at the Ontario College of Art and graduated in 1979. She decided that painting was not what she wanted to do. She wanted to explore her middle-class experience of the previous years, responding to household objects that she used in the home.

She began working in sculptural form, using sculpture to tell the story of her experience and that of other women. The "Tedious Chores Series" was one result. Each work in the 25-part series includes an accumulation of household objects, such as steel wool, rubber gloves, coffee spoons, dish mops, and laundry soap. Inglis is trying to bring to light her experience and consciousness as a woman. She is engaging with feminist concerns, using objects associated with traditional "women's work" to explore what has been held as femininity.