"Release" is an installation of seven free-standing mask sculptures that are made of reclaimed wood, repurposed wool blankets, and components of surplus WWII gas masks. The installation navigates themes of ecological displacement, belonging, and resuscitation—thereby questioning the human alienation from the earth that unfolds when we bestow personhood on human beings above all other natural things. The works are part of the artist's ongoing exploration of the relationship between personhood, exploitative labour-land practices, and variant definitions of sustainability.
Reclaimed wood, wool, gas mask components, unframed
60" x 54" x 54"
About the Artist
Connie Michele Morey's studio practice explores the experience of home as ecological interdependence. Through site-specific performance with sculpture, photography, and video, her work questions the relationships between ecology, displacement, and belonging. Connie's studio practice is influenced by childhood experiences of living rurally off the land while being surrounded by family traditions of masonry and textiles. Her family history co-mingles settler and Indigenous identities (Scottish, Swedish & Anishinaabe). Her studies in sculpture, eco-feminism, and decolonial studies have impacted her interest in the politics of displacement. Connie currently lives on the unceded territories of the Xwepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) Peoples.