The Soft Spot That Holds Us Together (2016) is a body of work made during my residency at Younger Than Beyonce Gallery in Toronto, ON. The residency consisted of nine local artists working in a peer-to-peer manner to facilitate workshops that allowed us to broaden one another's practice.
During the residency, the artist cohabited the gallery and used the space as a studio for their art practice. In a city where space comes at a premium cost, the allowance of space was appreciated. The concept of creating in the exact place you would show was daunting. It reminded me of a singer who in the weeks leading up to a performance never get off the stage. The vulnerability within this experience was apparent.
I decided to exploit this emotion and investigate vulnerability and what it might look like as a series of objects. The process of creating came through a series of questions.
Q: If Vulnerability were a person, what kind of person would they be?
Q: Would they show their sensibility?
Q: What would their sanctuary look like?
The answers came through writing a short poem and making small paper collages that were paired with wood, concrete, and organza fabric.
The soft spot that holds us together.
A drifter seeking attachment.
Not everyone and anyone
Another with awareness.
to sand and patch
until they find another.