Unpacked 2

July 10, 2011

I installed this floating art installation July 14 – 30, 2011 on Okanagan lake. Working with suitcases brings up recent histories of travel, circulation and exchange. The holes cut through the suitcases light up, creating moon-like reflections on the water. The inner fabrics add colour and occasionally a 1970â€ēs floral pattern. This work is especially exciting is when a storm hits.

I found all these suitcases when I first moved back to the Okanagan in 2004. The second hand stores were full of them. Why did people hold on to them for so long? Were they reminders of past trips, a gift or simply forgotten in storage? They were clearly meaningful to be kept around for the past 30- 40 years.