The Spoon Project
The Spoon Project was inspired by Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory, which, broadly, is an analogy that equates amount of energy to spoons. It was created for the final project in a Critical Disabilities studies class taught by the phenomenal Dr. Coleman Nye at Simon Fraser University. Those with invisible illnesses, including, but not limited to, chronic pain and mental illnesses, have less available energy sources than others who do not experience the aforementioned conditions. Each time a spoon passes hands, a dialogue surrounding mental illnesses occurs. This complicates and diversifies the standard narrative surrounding mental illnesses by having the person who lives with mental illnesses control their own representation. Why clay? My sense of time shifts when I am working with clay. Each time I wedge, pinch, trim, or work on the wheel, all sense of capitalist time disappears. I also embraced Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (a queer disabled femme writer, educator, and social activist) love of the endless possibilities surrounding "Dreamtime" and created The Spoon Project from my bed. Each spoon is completely unique in nature, with different textural elements, clay components, and colours. Each spoon is an experiment. The spoons differences represent our diverse stories and narratives surrounding mental health.
I have been playing with clay for a handful of years. I am always keen to experiment with texture, including, but not limited to, grog, imprints from nature, and various layering of glazes.
I have been playing with clay for a handful of years. I am always keen to experiment with texture, including, but not limited to, grog, imprints from nature, and various layering of glazes. I tend to focus predominately on hand-building.
When I practice erasure poetry (the strategic emphasis and removal of words from an existing text), the creative act centres the control that was taken from me during an abusive relationship. When I began practicing erasure poetry as an act of care, I was able to create a space for myself where I begin to repair aspects of my identity that have been affected by abuse. Poetry is a non-sexual erotic* act that allows me to extract, dissect, and attempt to make sense of trauma. Poetry helps me create my own counterpublic: me, my trauma, my identity rediscovery, and the piece of mixed media erasure poetry that I create.
*My understanding of the erotic as a use of power has been influenced by the research and writings of Audre Lorde and her 1978 publication The Erotic as Power.
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