Mary Pratt R.C.A.
Peaches in a Plastic Pot, 1994
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver;
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton;
Private collection, Edmonton
The early 1990s were a period of reflection and re-assessment for Mary Pratt. After nearly forty years of marriage, the tensions and influences of which had infiltrated her art for decades, she and her husband Christopher Pratt separated. On her own for the first time, her career was flourishing, and she approached her subject matter with the new context of independence (1). As a young mother at the beginning of her career, Pratt’s subjects often referenced her busy family life: the dishes leftover from Sunday dinner, or the eggshells leftover from a big breakfast. Peaches in a Plastic Pot is a wonderful contrast, and fine example of Pratt’s mature career. Here we have an image approached with order and calm, a simple tupperware container of fruit turned into something magnificent, glowing in the light of a gently fading sun.
1. Tom Smart, Mary Pratt: The Substance of Light, p. 131