Visitors are invited to open the suitcase, consider and arrange the contents around and upon the bed to create an artistic statement or convey a story.
A week or so after participating in 15 Minutes of Fame of Parallel Lines at Museum of Northern History, Kirkland Lake, a woman donated this baby’s outfit for inclusion in the suitcase.
She explained that her mother had given her this outfit and that she’d had it in her possession for fifty years. She has disliked pink and disliked dresses all her life.
“My mother was always forcing me into frilly pink outfits. I wanted to be a welder working on cars.”
“Kasandra’s death impacted my life. I made a contribute to her resembling her death. Teddy bears were her favourite thing to hug. Lavender was her favourite flower and would sleep next to it. She loved jewelry.
“Before I was born my biological dad threatened my mom to kill her and I. So she ran away. My adoptive father was an alcoholic who was empty. Then he met my mom and I and then he was fun. When my brother was born her introduced me to my native cultures. The beads is my and Keara’s friendship. Even though we have different stories we still formed a bond.”
Sky-Lynn Batisse — participant in 15 Minutes of Fame installation at Museum of Northern History
This woman enacted her experience of being imprisoned, forced to surrender her children and ordered to choose between which of her children would live and which of them would die.