New work for ‘Drawing For Art’

‘We refuse to be worn out’, 2021.

Since becoming a mom I’ve struggled to get back to the studio. Pandemic life with a new pandemic baby in the mix has stolen the last of the solo hours reserved for my practice.

The same day Station Gallery’s Olexander Wlasenko asked me to contribute to ‘Drawing for Art’ I read about the death of Lauren Berlant, a cultural theorist with whom I was unfamiliar. Intrigued by her work, her quote ‘We refuse to be worn out’ immediately connected with me.

I created this piece over the past three weeks in fits and starts, once my little ones were asleep, dedicating my domestic labour to her words as if a mantra. Made from materials around my home I stitched the quote into an old pillowcase each night before I lay down for my few hours of sleep. It was made as a dogged, domestic and exuberant endurance work.

Materials: Pillowcase, left over thread, recycled frame and oval mats.

‘Drawing For Art’ takes place September 30th and you can learn more about it and how you can scoop up this baby on the gallery’s website.

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