Yuill Gallery / Medalta International Artist in Residence in Medicine Hat, Alberta
Youth is a process of collection. The years spent training for adulthood are accompanied by the playthings that surround childhood, acting as friendly and pared-down precursors to our grown-up possessions. As they age, these objects simultaneously become functionally useless and emotionally significant, a strange parallel that echoes childhood itself. As re-creations of children’s toys, the works in What Can No Longer Bear our Weight intend to study the physical and emotional value that lingers in the possessions we no longer need. They are signifiers for obstacles overcome at a young age, for failure, for the never-ending practice that is childhood. When re-made and removed of all markings, colour, and context, these toys are intended to become alien, only retaining small vestiges of their original joyful purposes. These porcelain representations eulogize the flighty yet extensive nature of youth, and to act as ghostly scales, measuring the pieces of ourselves that we leave when we outgrow our surroundings.