Two manicured hands reach out of the windows of the Buhler building above an illuminated Plug In ICA sign
Walter Scott, Mary Ann's Inquiry, router cut ¼” powder coated aluminium, 2020. Photo by Luther Konadu.

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present:

Mary Ann’s Inquiry commissioned by Walter Scott

Commissioned by Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in conjunction with their new signage, Walter Scott’s intervention to the façade of the Buhler Centre depicts two manicured hands reaching over the west facing horizontal window. The hands shift between pulling open and propping up the walls of the building—attempting to reshape an institution built on colonial desires of ownership and formalized academic education while making space for art. This uneasy relationship is further accentuated by the manicured nails replicating the red used in the lettering on the Buhler Centre signage, accentuating that we are part of these structures even as we challenge them. Scott writes: “The feminized hand presents itself as a force that perpetually attempts to open things up, and make space for the artists, the marginalized, and the curious.”

Walter Scott b. 1985, is an interdisciplinary artist working across comics, drawing, video, performance and sculpture. His comic series, Wendy, chronicles the continuing misadventures of a young artist in a satirical version of the contemporary art world.  Wendy has been featured in Canadian Art, Art in America, and published online on the New Yorker. Recent exhibitions include The Scrawled Heel of the Real, Ashley (Berlin), and The Pathos Of Mandy, at the ISCP, New York. Walter was recently an artist-in-residence, at the ISCP, in Brooklyn, New York. His new graphic novel, Wendy, Master of Art, is now available from Drawn and Quarterly.


We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to the artists we work with, our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

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