AMY O'NEILL

V GARDENS
Paris - 25.06.2011 > 23.07.2011

Third solo-exhibition by American artist Amy O'Neill with Praz-Delavallade.

Amy O’Neill’s most recent sculpture and installation work, Victory Gardens refer back to the war effort in World Wars I and II, in which American and English citizens were urged to plant vegetable gardens to put food on their tables, and to instill, particularly among children, a work-ethic and the kind of patriotism that was seen as essential to the times. Among the vintage images related to these gardens that have been collected by the artist, many show smiling, wholesome young girls posing with the fruits of their labor, casting them not only as future homemakers but as mothers. Propaganda posters were printed with slogans like: “Sow the seeds of Victory - Every Garden a Munition Plant”. The “seeds of Victory” can also be thought to refer to procreation, and the original garden is, of course, the one from which we all supposedly emerged: God and country.