Product of Eden 2010 

May 22 - Oct 5, 2010

A temporary installation at the front entrance of Centre In The Square.

In Product of Eden 2010 Newcomb explores allegories of knowledge and time in a 400 square foot garden installation outside of the front entrance to the gallery. Over the course of the summer Newcomb will nurture jumbo pink banana squash plants and shape its fruit into curious infant-like creatures with the use of custom-made moulds. Visitors to the gallery and the Centre in the Square are encouraged to stop by frequently to witness growth and muse over its meaning in Newcomb's provisional Eden.

Mary Catherine Newcomb's sculptural practice has examined the human relationship with narrative, memory and the ephemeral nature of life. With rabbits that wield tools and mythical deer-like creatures that appear to be conjoined at the midsection, Newcomb often employs animal imagery to suggest an understanding of our surroundings that is rich in symbolic and empathetic value. Her sculptures, made of papier mâché, plasticene, and more recently vegetable matter, beg us to search for their mythical origins while remembering the transitional nature of their materiality.

About Mary Catherine Newcomb
Mary Catherine Newcomb was born in Montreal and received her art education at the University of Waterloo and York University. She has exhibited her work extensively, with recent exhibitions in VOGELFREI' 07 (Darmstadt, Germany), Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery (Waterloo), Rodman Hall Art Centre (St. Catharines) and Oakville Galleries. In February 2010 the Region of Waterloo unveiled Pear Tree, a new sculpture by Newcomb commissioned for the Region's Public Health and Social Services building. Newcomb works and lives in Kitchener.

The artist would like to acknowledge the support of the Region of waterloo Arts Fund and the K.M. Hunter Foundation.


Exhibition Announcements

The Product of Eden Blog
In her own words and photos, artist Mary Catherine Newcomb tells the unfolding story of the Product of Eden 2010. Check back for regular updates.

October 2 - Coffee, soil and squash: A Good-bye to Product of Eden
Say good-bye to Product of Eden on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Take home some soil for your garden. 
[full details here]

September 21 - University of Waterloo Vision of Excellence Lecture
Visit University of Waterlo Alumni Mary Catherine Newcomb at her table after the talk.

Seth - The North Star Talking Picture House
Mary Catherine Newcomb, Product of Eden 2007 (ripe saints), eggplant and brass crowns, 7.5 X15 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.


"Unusual living sculpture art exhibit winding down at K-W Art Gallery"
by Karolyn Fournier (The Kitchener Citizen, Sept 22)

"Art Brought to Life"
by Rebecca Vasluianu (, Sept 6)

Strange + Wonderful = Mary Catherine Newcomb's "Product of Eden"
by Murray Whyte (Toronto Star Blog, Untitled: Contemporary art in Toronto and beyond, August 8)

"The Art of Nature"
by Robert Reid (The Record, July 29)


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