As we progress through life, as individuals and as a culture, we decide what to hold on to and what to let go of. As individuals we hold onto mementos that serve to remind us of specific experiences and moments in life. The passing of time shifts the importance of this ephemera and we let them go. Tastes evolve—clothing, hairstyles, music, and other material and spiritual things are cast aside and replaced by that which reflects who we are here and now. Even more challenging is when some of us must cast aside our nationalities, our homes, our family, and our friends. Some of us shed traits... more

April 30th - May 30th 2015:
Works by Saskia van Kampen
Reception Thursday April 30 7-9 pm
Graven Feather, 906 Queen Street W.

Since the Victorian Age, needlework has become highly gendered, constructed as women’s work, and is seen as a symbol of obedience. My work illuminates this notion by exposing society’s constructed ideals of female servitude by stitching together consumer product packaging (such as beauty products, feminine hygiene products and food products). The pieces of packaging are compiled in... more