All Toys Are Velveteen

I’m excited to announce that I’ll have a work up in Altars as Art Forms, an exhibition curated by one of my favorite witchy ladies, Katelan Foisy. Very proud to be showing with quite a stellar group of artists as well.

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My altar, “All Toys Are Velveteen,” which is named after the famous children’s story, The Velveteen Rabbit,” grants relief to those who harbor guilt from discarding their beloved childhood toys. Yet there is one condition: he who seeks forgiveness must ask themselves the question, “What Is Real?”

Many people become emotionally attached to inanimate objects. A child’s anthropomorphization of a thing, such as a blanket or stuffed animal, is pure and unhindered. We believe that we discard this behavior when we grow up, yet we continue to project human traits to things well into adult life. Wedding dresses, pieces of jewelry, books, boots and other seemingly inane items are given an immense power over our lives. This altar wants you to ask yourself “What is real?” within this context. And how does anyone move on from such guilt that comes from harming or discarding these cherished inanimate creatures that dominate our lives so innocently?

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