|Tim Laurin, Bannock Totem, Found Objects, 40 in by 30 in approx, 2013|
This totem is a reaction to my love/hate relationship with food. "Bannock" is a first nation's unleavened bread that is a simply dough of crushed grains and water, rolled onto a twig and cooked over an open fire. It is a favourite demonstration that is overused every time there is a "special event" where first nations' traditions are highlighted. Growing up as a child of the sixties, baked goods were often substituted for love - hence my strange relationship with food is explained. The tiny bird trapped in the martini shaker "cage" is visually accessible, yet suffocating. The teapot shaped sugar bowl of a beautiful young lady is reminiscent of my Memere, a stern woman who we would often visit for tea and yes, baked goods. The sugar bowl was in shards so like an archeologist, I reassembled her with the use of beeswax. I believe memories are torn apart and reassembled often. Both the pink bird and the sugar bowl nestle on rabbit fur - warm, soft and cuddly (you guessed it, just like baked goods). The brittle plastic matriarch resides on top of the totem - like my own mother, present yet tenuous.
|Tim Laurin, Father Totem, Found Objects, 60 in by 14 in approx, 2013|