Nostalgic Portraits Made from Lint and Other Debris Collected from Clothes Dryers
Toronto-based artist Tonya Corkey creates large-scale portraits by using ordinary lint collected from clothes dryers. Her work investigates an unavoidable aspect of human nature, the desire to seek fleeting memories. Corkey explains: “My work hybridizes the discarded material of lint with the second hand image – the iconic school photograph – to conceptualize my interests. Materiality conceptually layers the work. As a byproduct of society, lint consists of fibers, hair, dead skin and other debris, and thus directly referencing people and their daily activity. Lint and cast off photographs are both discarded materials – materials that reflect the idea of a decaying memory."