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While It Sits

2023

cotton and polypropylene thread, rice grains, orange peels, apple seeds, dried kelp, cardboard

The handwoven textile in While It Sits resembles a net, a porous vessel where things gather temporarily before sifting through. The objects attached to the textile play with the customs of Japanese Buddhist sonaemono, which are offerings made to ancestors. These offerings reciprocate care to loved ones who have died and now look after the living from a distance. Some of the sonaemono in While It Sits are scraps, echoing the unofficial practice of eating foods once they have been offered for a time, so as not to let them waste.

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