Sunday, May 28, 2017

New Work Toronto: Feminist Art Conference Residency

Looking at my French-Canadian heritage in the context of How French-Canadians became White Folks. My first visit to Canada was to Toronto rather than Quebec or Montreal. I made these
pieces during the Feminist Art Conference Residency. I wanted to find French-Canadian "things"
(non-food items). In advance of the trip, I'd researched "French-Canadian arts & crafts". All I
could find during my visit (with time/travel constraints) was polyester lace from the Salvation
Army store. Not quite hand-made lace, but a perfect metaphor for my project, because I'm not
quite French-Canadian (my maternal grandmother was, but she died in New York when my mother
was two and we lost all contact with our French-Canadian relatives). I used French-Canadian
manufactured bleach from the dollar store to bleach some of the fabric, and even items
manufactured elsewhere had bilingual packaging.
How to Be Blanc
Materials: polyester lace, bed sheet, bleach, rope thread.

How to Be Blanc
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Nom/Name I
Materials: file folder, polyester lace

Nom/Name I
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Nom/Name I
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Nom/Name IV
Materials: crocheted lace, file folder, liquid foundation makeup

Nom/Name IV
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Nom/Name II
Materials: file folder, correction fluid

Nom/Name II
Materials: file folder, correction fluid

Nom/Name II
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Visiteur
Materials: plastic name badge holders, file folder pieces, polyester lace

Nom/Name III
Materials: file folders, bandaids

Nom/Name III
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Installation view at the FAC Residency open studio/exhibition.