This slow loss reminds us to move, detail

After the death of my father, I found myself involved in repetitive textile work, and knew it was my way of mourning. This labour-intensive work seems to be a common way of coping with grief and loss, as cloth has strong associations with protection and healing. Mourning is not easily manifested in contemporary society where there is little place for ritual during times of sorrow. But the slow process of textile work can provide a space for continuing conversation with the dead, creating bonds between the past and the present.

This slow loss reminds us to move (with Jane Walker, Bonavista Biennale), fabric flowers gathered from outside Newfoundland cemeteries, dimensions variable, 2017
Cluster, Aureole, Nebula, sea-worn quartz stones, netting, thread, 350 x 150 cm each
Collection The Rooms Art Gallery, 1997-1999
Cluster, Aureole, Nebula, detail
Pall, knitted yarn, 240 x 120 cm, 1996-1998
Shroud, (Newfoundland and Labrador Art Gallery), fabric flowers collected from outside cemeteries in Newfoundland, cotton, wood platform, variable site-specific installation, 2002
Shroud, detail
Veil, antique French lace, thread, ribbon, 290 x 450 cm
Collection The Rooms Art Gallery, 1998-1999