Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Contribution to the Trauma Cocoon

After one week, this is already a deeply moving place to sit and contemplate the lives, struggles and strengths of all in our community. I am pulled to tears by the contributions of children, here, as well as by some of those written by adults. 

This installation will remain at the Hearth Gallery on Bowen Island until September 14th, 2020, slowly wilting and drying as people add their heartfelt notes to selves.

Gallery Hours: Thursday through Monday, 10am - 5pm. Just a one-minute walk from the ferry dock on Bowen Island.


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Trauma Cocoon: Notes to Selves

Markus and I just installed the first iteration of my Trauma Cocoon concept at the Surfacing show, Hearth Gallery, Bowen Island. The show opens August 12th!

I'm very happy this came together as I hoped, and am also stoked to be showing three pieces from my Songs of the Apocalypse collection at this show. It's the first time I've ever put this deeply personal series on display. A little scary, but feels right. 


If you could send a message to your former self at the moment of trauma, what would you say? Our lives are full of traumas, from birth to bullying in school, to loss of loved ones and the end of the world as we knew it. This pandemic provides new traumas for most of us, while also offering an opportunity to reach back and heal our younger selves. Did you ever build a fort to hide in? Did you wrap yourself in blankets and chips and Netflix? Did you crawl under your sister’s bed for safety? We all need a trauma cocoon. We all need a place to heal our former selves. Please partake in and contribute to this healing space, as others have done before you.