Soft Monument, 2023

4m clear LDPE sheeting, plwood, lumber, hardware.
13' x 12' x 10'

Soft Monument explores collective agency in place–making by crafting with discarded plastics and air. The translucent membrane of plastic defamiliarizes the familiar, obscuring the dense and privatised urban surroundings beyond. Wind, sunlight and human movement animate the inflated bubble. Transformed by air, quilted mattress bags become both a playful being and an intimate gathering space. As we become performers and observers to one another, the boundaries between public and private spheres are blurred. The dynamic nature of this temporary gathering space presents a future free from permanency and static monumentality.

Presented at Art Nest, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON.
Curated by Fatma Hendawy Yehia.

Thank you to Lucy Carver Brennan, Arnel Espanol, Bernadette Francisci, and, Andi Bordt for their generous support.