In FEED, Yan Miller takes a familiar form and replaces one material for another. The hay bale: a method of conserving and maximizing crop production, is reimagined here as a way of conserving and maximizing the (over) production of clothes.
With mechanization, dehumanized labour conditions across the developing world and the fashion industry’s ceaseless pressure to buy more, could these clothes bales provide an answer to over consumption and production? Probably not, but they might serve as silent reminders that some things are ultimately more valuable than others.
FEED was initially made for a solo exhibition curated by Heather Smith at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (shown here) and Kim Houghtaling at the Swift Current Art Gallery. The installation was brought to the Saskatoon and North Battleford branches of the Western Development Museum by Warren Clubb and was curated at the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert SK by Jesse Campbell.