dirty laundry   (2020)

Anonymously donated second-hand undergarments, cotton embroidery thread, synthetic rope, and wooden clothespins. Each piece ranges in size. 

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Dirty Laundry is a collection of hand-embroidered anonymous confessions on second-hand undergarments. These pieces and their making reflect upon underwear as an everyday object, one that can hold our privacy, vanity, and insecurities. These undergarments were sent anonymously by mail for this project, an open call for submissions was posted on Instagram starting February 2020 and ending in April of the same year. Each garment came with a note, a confession of something private that the owner wanted to let go of. These confessions ranged from reflections on previous relationships to common everyday struggles the previous owner faced.  In early June 2020, the laundry was aired out on a clothesline in High Park. The clothesline was tied to two skinny trees that lined a narrow hiking path near a stream’s edge. This is where the pieces stayed, just out of sight, until one day they were no longer there. 

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