Artifact: an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest

Artifact, a multimedia series, was created to transform the much politicized mask of this pandemic into a collection of pieces which enhance, protect, empower, beautify and connect. Using homemade masks sewn from recycled remnants, a collection of artifacts from the pandemic was designed.

While immersed in this production frenzy, I thought about the many other mask makers at home who were simultaneously making similar, incessant sounds during the coronavirus lockdown. This led to the creation of sound works using recordings taken from the production process. Designed to be an installation, the sound works envision the growing community of home sewers. Sounds are mixed and mastered to capture the ascending and descending production of masks as the demand for homemade ones rises and falls.

Artifact memorializes the movement of home sewers who helped fulfill surging demand when protective supplies were at its lowest. It pays homage to people across the globe who helped their communities during this pandemic however they could.

Soundtrack: The Creative Destruction

Cut: 1:01, Wind: 1:02, Iron: 3:02, Rip: 00:53, Sew: 3:44, Mark: 5:45 loop

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