My Neighbour Did It First
120” x 36” Extended Media Installation
This work is in participation with STEPS Initiatives INsider Artist Project
This site specific installation work uses reflective surface and text to explore questions of group mentality and divisiveness in times of crisis.
From the fifteen floor of my apartment building in downtown Ottawa, I suspend a mirror which looks out onto my community. Written on the mirrored cellophane are the words “My Neighbour Did It First.” I first noticed how eye catching mirrors were when I saw a mirror propped on my neighbour’s fifteen floor balcony. For this project I wanted my community to look up and to consider some important questions that were arising from quarantine. People have been at once reporting their neighbours behaviour, and conversely showing unprecedented generosity within their communities. I’ve been wondering about what influences an individual, and how we become motivated to join in to create change. The work asks my community to reflect upon itself and ask deeper questions of identity and motivations. Are we making conscious choices or are we looking to our neighbour to see what we should do? Do we consider ourselves to be the same as our neighbour, or are we setting our behaviours above theirs and create division between us? How can we come together as a community to save our planet and to take better care of each other following this pandemic?