The Process of Closure - an exhibition by Katrina Craig
The Process of Closure deals with issues of grief and loss. Craig recognizes that these are universal emotions that in general, we try to rush past. There is an attempt to push traces of this experience “under a rug” and keep walking over it like nothing happened. We erase the tokens of those who we've broken up with, lost friendships and loved ones who have passed away, only to find more hiding in unlikely places. In The Process of Closure Craig uses these items to create woven wall hangings. The process of taking the items apart and weaving with them is cathartic, and the process gives you the space and time to think.
Craig hopes to bring more awareness about grieving and how universal the experience of loss is. By using deconstructed materials, the viewer can get flashes of information; a line from a journal page, a jawline, a blue eye, a wedding band, a book you've read. The subject matter is relatable; seeing journals, a photo, or jewellery from the lost love of others, reminds viewers of their own losses.
Fifteen weavings created with textile materials in combination with donated, deconstructed objects. The stories associated with the donated items will be presented alongside the work created from them. The items I receive will dictate the forms of the weavings. All works are ready-to-hang.
Other people's experiences can help us process our own isolation of grief and loss. We spend so much time using these items that they become associated with an era of our lives that should be honoured, instead of discarded or hidden away.