Friday, June 6, 2014

Artist Statements- Spring/Summer, 2014

Con Sum Ere
 (In the juried Medalta International Spoon Show, September 1-November 29, 2014)

Title: Con Sum Ere

The Latin ‘consumere’ is remarkably encompassing in its meanings. On the one hand, it references consuming and eating, at the same time, it can signify -  to exhaust, use up, squander/waste, swallow up and spend. In other words , ‘to consume’ can be life-giving as well as, life-destroying.

Represented here are three spoons, inspired from the ladle form whose function was/is for sharing the essential  food of the hearth, the broth. The disturbing surfaces of the ensemble however, separates them from the mundane and suggests perhaps a refocus on their conceptual function - the idea of consumption alluded to in the Latin title. 

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling - a Trophy
(For the Exhibition "Shoe-In", Saskatoon, SK)

To me, "Shoe-In" conjures up the idea of select candidates vying for a plum job. Both women and men recognize this experience and are often aware of who the shoe-in might be. However, if the job is that of a CEO, egalitarian ideals seem to diminish. Women were/are frequently excluded. So evident was this that the term "the glass ceiling" was coined in the 1980's.

This small trophy sculpture celebrates the women who were not shoe-in but dared and occasionally succeeded. The flower-like upper portion references these women whose names are inscribed on the stepped platform. Beneath the glass are the seed pods, alluding to journeys already begun as well as, impending travels made not so much easier but at least, with the possibility of attaining the goal.

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