Rene Vandenbrink | Visual Artist
Vesche
2010
In 2010 I engaged with a body of work for my graduating exhibition where neglected obsolete objects were amassed, reconfigured and wrapped with shibori dyed fabrics, found fabrics, thirty feet of knitting, hand woven lengths and crocheted chains and then stuffed with collections of branches cut down into 3 inch lengths, yarns, nuts, shells and rocks.

Excerpt from writings on the work:
''Over the years hoarding has become a problematic pleasure for me. This inclination has increasingly influenced my work in collage, assemblage and textile processes that involve the accumulation of fragments in an effort to creating something whole. Investing time into making an object not only produces personal euphoria but can also reveal complex histories surrounding the processes of making. Found objects have no particular investment yet become attractive, perhaps due to associations and histories that are carried with them. There are also attachments that arise from knowing certain objects, obsolete objects, are destined for annihilation and ultimately erasure from memory. It seems to me that gifts are the only context in which is it okay to lose and object, as you are hopefully sharing with someone who experiences similar joys from that object. By making objects and rearranging found ones, there is an attempt to mix the old with the new and connect time into one collective, cohesive unit. This utopian unification may seem absurd but complex systems of objects and histories can be interwoven and arranged into narratives. Objects are then brought back to life and empowered to present stories to charm us. I want to make you believe that these objects are still of value, that they must be cherished, that they must be remembered and that they are the very best gifts to be shared."
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