87 x 125 x 65 mm
Bracelet: hand-pierced silver
‘As I navigated the city I was struck by the grid-like quality of Toronto’s streets, the intersections and interwoven connections. The imposing urban sprawl I reduced to a more legible scale, neighbourhoods became bracelets and rings, objects of adornment as well as information. I wanted the wearer to engage with their neighbourhoods, with transparent acrylic pieces wrapped around their hands and fingers like tattoos, their walking history etched into their skin.
Maps are subjective documents oftentimes used by corporations and politicians to convey ownership. I began to fabricate my own neighbourhoods by incorporating lace patterning into streetscapes; my own cartographic truth. I began to think of my work as a modern form of lace-making. Beyond the streets weaving themselves together, the dotted lines became opportunities for patterning and ornamentation. This particular work, Interlaced, is a fusion of the urban network of two major Canadian cities.’