I select cheap commercially available tinsel for its inherent physical and metaphorical qualities. Glamorous and shiny, tinsel is a material that seems precious and is yet valueless. In the English language, the word tinsel is also used to allude to glitz and excess.
My process is to work with mass-produced commodities. Through this means, I consider the notion of the ready-made and its contemporary reconfiguration.
For this series I combined two distinct sources that have inspired me: the popular tradition of hanging tinsel from objects, sculptures and trees that began in the Baroque period and the 17th century Meraviglia monsters.
Tinsel was created during my residency, December 8th, 2014- January 5th, 2015, at Artscape, Toronto, Canada.
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