antipersonnel, knitted yarn, variable dimensions, 1998-2010
(life-size replicas of antipersonnel land mines)
Collection Agnes Etherington Art Centre, York Wilson Endowment Award, Canada Council, 2005
Collection The Rooms Art Gallery, Newfoundland and Labrador, 2012

During a Canada Council residency in Paris, I visited the Pyramid of Shoes, an annual protest against land mines, which inspired me to knit replicas of antipersonnel land mines. Knitting is closely associated with caring for the body – it was originally used to make undergarments (the origin of the sweater). Bandages for soldiers were once hand-knitted, and women still knit for soldiers, prisoners, and the homeless. Knitting represents recuperation, protection, and healing. In this work I use these associations to contradict the abuse of power through violence.

Germany Dm-39A1, knitted yarn, 6.5 x 11.5 cm diameter, 2005
Italy VS-1.6, knitted yarn, 9 x 23 cm diameter, 2001
USSR POM-2S, knitted yarn, 16.6 x 37 cm diameter, 2000