This week I went to Harbourfront Centre to install a piece in the Group exhibition Dwell curated by Melanie Egan and Robyn Wilcox.
The exhibition runs from June 24 – September 17, 2017 at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
As both a place and an activity, dwelling is defined by its intimacy: it is our proximity and familiarity with places and ideas. This closeness can be a comfort, as well as a source of anxiety – we overthink things beyond utility and we remain until we become restless. In this exhibition, eight artists examine dwelling as both a physical and psychological concept and how that effects our relation to objects, space and the body.
The exhibition includes work by Diyan Achjadi, anahita azrahimi, Helen Liene Dreifelds, Stephanie Flowers, Michelle Forsyth, Amanda McCavour, Suzanne Nacha, and Jocelyn Reid
My piece in the exhibition is titled Still Life.
Still Life is an arrangement of embroidered houseplants and small objects from my home. It continues a series of work where I have been documenting my home in thread. I render solid objects from my apartment and make them flat and transparent through my embroidery technique. These works are made out of thread by sewing into fabric that dissolves in water. Through this process, I can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, so that the thread drawing can hold together without a base.
This piece is meant to draw attention to the fragile nature of the spaces we call “home.”