Vancouver artist and community advocate Michelle Leone Huisman has created a collection of photographs drawing on the symbolism of the 7 p.m. cheer, when residents would gather to show their appreciation for the pandemic's frontline workers by banging pots and pans.
The photographs are part of the exhibition An Unexpected Collection, on display at La Fabrique St. George Winery & Lounge until June 27.
"This collection started quite unexpectedly, in our own household during the 7 p.m. cheer," says Huisman in a press release. "It started with one broken spoon, then another, then I started wondering—is this happening to others?
"I went out to the community, and it became so much more than just broken spoons. Every broken spoon revealed a unique story from each person who was banging their pots and pans every night at 7 p.m. for the first responders."
The artist's fascination with the detritus of COVID-19 continues as she is currently working on images of found masks paired with items of nature in the work in progress, Global Pandemic:
For more info on Huisman's work visit her website here.