AND THEN IT CAME

And Then It Came is one of four installations produced while on residency at the Vermont Studio Center in January of 2017. As a challenge to myself, I packed only one material on this trip: sanitary napkin wrappers. For years I was collecting them obsessively with no solid idea of how they would be used. And so this residency became an opportunity to begin that process of exploration.

 

After learning of the 1927 flood that devastated Vermont, my interest in the duality of water was piqued. It was not difficult to imagine the potential overwhelming force of water, particularly since the Gihon River flowed right outside my studio window. I imagined the river swelling and bursting through my window, toppling over furniture as it moved through my studio.

During the initial stages of production, emphasis was placed on identifying ways in which the gap between two-dimensional collage techniques and three-dimensional sculptural techniques could be bridged. Operating within those parameters I began to collect materials (painter's tape, aluminium foil tape and unused large format photographic prints donated to me by a VSC staff artist) to construct a piece that would speak to ideas of strength while also drawing parallels to femininity.

And Then It Came, 2017

Installation (large format photographic prints, painter's tape, aluminium foil tape, sanitary napkin wrappers)

Photo by Mark Reamy

And Then It Came, 2017

Installation (large format photographic prints, painter's tape, aluminium foil tape, sanitary napkin wrappers)

Photo by Mark Reamy

And Then It Came, 2017

Installation (large format photographic prints, painter's tape, aluminium foil tape, sanitary napkin wrappers)

Photo by Mark Reamy