Over Our Heads, 2020

In Over Our Heads, original designs are beaded onto bonnets, caps, and headpieces. When selecting objects to work with, 4 pieces of women’s headgear seemed to fit together somehow. My first thoughts were about oppression, in that these are objects designed to cover the head. Mennonite women traditionally covered their hair and, being a Mennonite woman on my father’s side, I think that was the association. The more I work with the pieces, the more they become about empowerment, and less about oppression. I’m imagining zooming around the countryside in the racing bonnet, dreaming big in the nightcap, dancing up a storm in the flapper hat, or taking on a very powerful persona in the theatre mask. The works were originally scheduled for exhibition at The Reach Gallery in Abbotsford, BC, Canada for the spring of 2020; however, due to the Covid-19 emergency, I had them for a few more weeks than expected, allowing me to explore the pieces in a performative way..

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