Canada initiated the Ban Mine Treaty which was signed by 122 countries in 1997. The following year, during a Canada Council residency in Paris, I visited an annual protest against land mines “The Pyramid of Shoes” which inspired me to knit replicas of antipersonnel land mines in pink yarn. There is a close association of knitting with care for the body. Bandages for soldiers were once hand-knitted, and women still knit socks for soldiers overseas and for the homeless. Knitting represents care, protection, and healing. I use these associations to contradict the abuse of power and the use of violence by transforming a destructive object into one that can do no harm.

Collections: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Canada Council York Wilson Purchase Award, Kingston, ON The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John’s, NL