The Mend Collection is a small group of found, mended textiles. Worn to soft colours and mended with varying levels of skill, they evoke a dutiful domesticity, and a time when commodity was scarcer then it is now. The act of mending transforms the industrially produced sheets and blankets into unique items, allowing each of them to function metaphorically as a visual and tactile memory of the life of the user. Each item has been hand laced to fit over wooden stretchers.
Andrea Vander Kooij is a fibre and performance artist who holds an MFA degree from Concordia University. Her practice incorporates traditional craft-based mediums such as knitting, quilting and embroidery as well as elements of performance. Her work addresses gender issues and the body as well as challenging notions of art, craft, and labour.
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. Opening reception on September 10th 7-10pm on the 3rd and 4th floors galleries. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel.