Kathleen Wicks | Room 202

Kathleen Wicks | Room 202

This installation incorporates discarded wool blankets to address the paradox of wealth and value in our society where the environment and the economy are at odds. The resources needed to maintain wealth which fuels consumerism contrasts with the balance in the natural world.

I recognize the value of the wool blankets. The transformation in “Common Thread” from utility to art questions the value society puts on using discarded objects and their place in a system of wealth. Would placing higher value on natural materials like wool, constitute a shift in the economic paradigm?

My inspiration comes from fond memories of my grandmother weaving wool into fabric. The properties of wool have fascinated me through my profession and creative endeavors. Wool blankets arranged and formed into familiar shapes and objects draw connections and elicit emotions. We are at a critical cross roads where wealth is blinding our sense of value.

Click here to watch Kathleen's 'In Progress' video

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