Ivy Knight: Jugs & Cans: A Reaping

   10/09/2021 — 09/01/2022

Dates for exhibitions are an estimate and are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Ivy Knight

CURATOR:    Suzanne Carte

Part of How to Read a Vessel

September 10, 2021 – January 9, 2022

This exhibition is a collection of over 150 empty vessels; jugs, cans, bottles, and boxes, collected from women in food across Canada and the United States. In gathering the containers Ivy collects the stories and struggles of the cooks, bakers, food writers, restaurateurs, and servers who opened, emptied, and used them. She then lovingly enrobes them in crocheted vestments to hold the donor’s voiced realities in a brightly coloured, protective shield of craft.

House of the Three-Time Loser

House of the Three-Time Loser is an exhibition housed in a vintage fiberglass 1974 Trillium Trailer parked outside of the AGB’s Lakeshore entrance. Inspired by Joyce Weiland, Strangers with Candy’s Jerri Blank, and the World Famous Crochet Museum in Joshua Tree, the installation looks at the three ways in which women are seen to lose at life: craftwork, housework, and aging. In heteropatriarchal society, crafting is not seen as valuable art, housekeeping and childcare are not seen as legitimate work, and relevance is stripped from women once they hit middle age. Over 40, cleaning house, raising kids, and expressing herself through crafts; welcome to the house of the three-time loser.

How to Read a Vessel has been generously supported by:

Susan Busby, Louise Cooke, Jane Depraitere, Pam Lavery and Robert Redhead, and the Schreibers, Four Corners Group, Danyliw & Mann

Image Credit:    Ivy Knight, Jugs & Cans, 2021. Bottle and yarn. Courtesy of the artist.