The Spoons Project was developed as an artist-initiated, community art collaboration to draw attention to the social issue of poverty by ceramic artist Susan Card and seven members of Inspirations Studio. The Spoons Project was developed as an exhibition in parallel to Card’s “Petal House” sculpture for the Craft Ontario exhibition Small Transgressions. The Spoons Project expands upon the ideas embodied in the “Petal House” and is a response to Card’s invitation to the women of Inspirations Studio to participate in a public exhibition that intends to initiate public dialogue. By taking action to bring a conversation about poverty and conventional perceptions of marginalized people in our society to public attention, the makers address social and cultural concerns in a creative, positive way.
Card choose the Spoon as the visual metaphor to initiate a conversation about life, family and community. Spoons have multiple cultural connotations, a long history of function, an association with wealth and ceremony, and are collected or purchased to commemorate events, travel and status.
The exhibition work will be on display upstairs in the restaurant for the month of September.