Mended Leaves 

(Work-in-Progress), 2020-ongoing

Mended Leaves was initiated through my experience and subsequent reflection of being a primary caregiver during the COVID-19 pandemic. The artwork evolved as I circled close to home, walking through my neighbourhood as a way to reclaim public space during the lockdowns. While on these excursions I collected petals and leaves and upon returning home these tokens were pressed in books, placed in vases, or laid out for immediate intervention. Using on-hand supplies, I began exploring ways to transform the foliage through repairing tears, matching and re-imagining colours, and other such experimentation. These instinctual and meditative explorations gave me time to reflect on the experience of mothering during a period filled with unease, when time bent, stood still, and stretched in unfamiliar ways. I considered how I am altered by the act of caregiving and how those I provide support to are also affected. It led me to contemplate how the balance of self-care and giving of oneself is fundamentally tied to communication.

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