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.
Visitors are then invited to discuss their work with onlookers and/or write about it in the Book of Fame.
“For me, the bed represents my own internal prison and the sense of alienation I have felt in the world around me.
The paintings are an effective manifestation of my own internal struggles.
It’s comforting to know others experience similar discomfort.
We are all alone together.”
A week or so after participating in 15 Minutes of Fame 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.
“I want to learn other languages and cultures. But I feel like I am separated between my culture and my career path. The bible is away but yet still showing is because in order to learn I need to put aside my religion to do so.”
“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.”
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.