What Floats My Boat
Themes: Community Building . Conversation . Vulnerability
What give you hope, now, in these times?
In response to the pervasive nature of alienation and fatigue, especially post pandemic, I asked the question, “What gives hope, now, in these times?” I invited anyone I could to share their thoughts on small, torn paper. Over the months these paper sails found their way back to me: arriving in envelopes from across Canada, shyly handed to me in the grocery store, or left anonymously in my studio mailbox. I was moved by their simple candor. Far more arrived than I expected or could use, but every contribution is represented here either collaged on or by directly scribing the words into the liminal space between the forms. These words – mostly from strangers – were impactful. It wasn’t the specifics of what gave hope, but the gathered sense of it, like a pace setter along a course that is largely unknown.
Because I had so many extra little paper sails, and they all felt so precious, I made a few more floating boats with sails full of hope.