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flora hammond

translucent shimmer/ unripe door 


Artist statement

A spider will sometimes devour the remnants of an old web, transforming it into material for a new dwelling. Mirroring the spider's resilient homemaking labour, this work recreates itself through each installation, asking new questions and generating new responses to the spaces it inhabits. Hooks and fixation systems were cast in aluminum, allowing for a range of anticipated but imperfect site-specific adaptations. In translucent shimmer/ unripe door, hammond relies on the memory of a window in their grandmother's apartment. In lieu of blinds, geometrically cut out and wheat pasted sheets of hanji (Korean paper) were applied directly to the glass. Paper was once the surface of Korean traditional society's domestic privacy, covering the floors, walls, doors and windows of the hanok (Korean traditional house). Through the use of metal, these coloured recollections of windows are put in conversation with the western tradition of stained glass as both holy and decorative craft. This facsimile of a window is a fragmented offering; it invites the viewer to look beyond its surface and towards the outside. If doors are portals for the body to travel through and step into possibility, windows are doors for the imagination to shape the in-between.

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Artist's biography

flora hammond is a bi-racial artist residing in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. They create poetic entanglements which consider the intersection of western and eastern Asian culture (specifically Korean) by taking root in language, literature, history, and deep appreciation for extant remains of material culture. Their work is informed by their practice in papermaking and metal work.

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