Coal, Construction toys, and scrub brushes.
Canaries is part cautionary allegory on how we interact with the environment, part exploration on how “play” teaches us how to think about the world. Canaries was inspired by the oxymoron of clean coal rhetoric paired with watching children play gleefully at industries that are major players in the destruction of the environment and our health. Industrial and agricultural toy equipment is often branded by corporations working in the industries it represents- not toy makers. Raising the question, if toys are being created and marketed to children by special interest groups, how is that affecting what we grow up believing?
2018 FAV FAV FAV, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University, Seattle, WA