Dianne Davis: The Botanist’s Pipe


Dianne Davis, I’ve Made a Place for Us, 1931

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Dianne Davis
The Botanist’s Pipe

February 15 – February 27, 2020

Join us for the Reception: Sunday, February 23, from 1 – 3pm

In The Botanist’s Pipe, Davis fabricates a portrait of a queer female botanist. Today, aging lesbian lives are rarely celebrated or explored. Too often, these lives and relationships remain invisible. Various social changes like shuttered lesbian bars and shifting neighbourhoods splinter networks, diminishing intergenerational contact. The project presents as a documentary but employs fictional devices to construct the botanist’s long, rich life. In so doing, Davis makes visible the complex hidden lives, histories and relationships of vibrant, aging queer women.

Dianne Davis is a Niagara-born, Toronto-based visual artist, working in photo-based work. She has exhibited her photography in solo exhibitions at Angell Gallery, Harbourfront Centre and The Department of Canadian Heritage. Her work has been featured in numerous group shows in the U.S. and Canada, including Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and Tom Thomson Art Gallery. Davis’ work is in the permanent collection of the Centre for Fine Art Photography in Colorado and Union Investment Real Estate based in Hamburg, Germany. Her work, Richmond Park, is on permanent display in Toronto’s Bell Trinity Square. She holds a BSc and MEng from the University of Toronto, a BFA in Photography from OCAD University, and an MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

The Botanist’s Pipe is produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.


Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a vibrant arts and culture hub housed in a 1912 mansion, nestled within lush gardens and scenic woods with a variety of walking trails. The main building’s library, living room, dining room solarium are now Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. The site provides a space where artists and artisans can experiment and share their creative work within the community. Cedar Ridge Creative Centre also conducts outreach projects with the Community Arts Guild, Precious Gems and other partners.


Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
225 Confederation Drive, Scarborough, Ontario
416.396.4026 | crcc@toronto.ca

Monday to Wednesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Closed on Statutory Holidays

Free admission and free parking.

The gallery is partially accessible (ramp access to gallery, narrowest entry is 29” wide). For any special assistance or queries about the venue please call or email the gallery.