Coalesce - Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Coalesce is a site-specific installation that explores themes of sustainability and the global exchange that is embedded within the garments we wear and the textiles we consume. Looking at lace as a metaphor for interconnectivity, this large-scale installation transforms recycled materials sourced from H&M’s Garment Collecting initiative, turning them into a monumental cascade of lace.
In her work, Aston is inspired by the rich histories of textile production, lace-making and the decorative arts. Drawing from these themes, her work navigates the relationships and residual connections we feel to domestic textile practices and objects. Guided by a relationship to materials, processes and knowledge steeped in tradition, Aston’s work subverts familiar objects and takes them out of context in order to create new experiences and associations for the viewer.
Through this installation, the artist re-imagines the value potential of common discarded materials by incorporating recycled garments from H&M's Garment Collecting initiative. As a form, Coalesce challenges the viewer to explore the complex narratives of modern textile production, including sustainable and green initiatives for the future.