Expensive dishes and good family china occupy a unique role of disjuncture between the generations that come to inherit them. For re-emerging artist Rahna Moreau, the family dishes she inherited culminated into a medium charged with loss and grief, for which she conceived of the performance “Dishes Will Be Broken.” In 2015, Rahna thought of the deaths in her family: a stillborn, an infant, a brother, both parents, and especially her sister’s suicide. The performance celebrates the power of anger and the breaking down of barriers that repress it. It is informed by cultures and subcultures that have effectively brought anger into their works.
As an expression of the liminal space between grief and anger, this performance is driven and contextualized by Moreau’s attempts to piece together the final week of her sister’s life. Moreau uncovered new information about her sister’s suicide including her sister’s repressed sexual orientation and the side effects of a newly prescribed medication. This unleashed a powerful and motivating anger. The family dishes and an earlier idea resurfaced—one where dishes would be broken.
The performance will orchestrate the breaking of eight of the twelve place settings of the artist’s inherited family china. Located at 1066 Dundas Street West, the exhibition runs 24 hours from January 19-24, with the actual performances to take place January 21-24, from 4-8pm daily.
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"For Do Design this year I will be showing one of my most recent textile installations called Pattern Study. Within my work I explore line in the context of embroidery, drawing and large scale installation. My work explores thread and fibre’s duality- it’s subtle quality versus it’s accumulative presence and it’s structural possibilities versus it’s fragility. For years I have been preoccupied with the idea of lines existing in space. I have found a couple of different strategies to make this happen, whether it’s through embroidery, cutting into paper or with this particular project, cutting into fabric to create spaces and line.
Here are some pictures from my studio while I was making Pattern Study. I wanted to share some of the behind the scenes shots of making the piece. I loved the colours and confetti like quality of the scraps so I took a lot of pictures along the way. Most of my pieces start with drawing. This work started on a small scale by taking paper and doing sketches and then cutting into those sketches to create spaces. When I moved to a larger scale for the finished work, I took recycled clothing and collaged this onto a canvas surface. Then, using green painters tape, I created drawings based on the loops of crochet, the grid of woven fabric and the scribble of felted fabric. After this step, I cut into the fabric, creating patterns with positive and negative space.
Pattern Study is a large-scale textile collage that explores pattern, texture and line in space by looking closely at the structures found in textiles- felts, knits and woven fabrics. For this piece I was thinking about the different lines that make up clothing structures."