A black line drapes across the white interior of the Garage. Strung along the line are colourful plastic detritus: chunky jugs, broken toys, and pieces of junk lovingly collected. Like an an oversized necklace, the line moves in space, causing the strung pieces to shift and slide.

The structure is reminiscent of a string of beads, manipulated between two unseen hands. The title alludes to the stringing together of words to form a sentence. It is also like an abacus for counting, a set of prayer beads, or a necklace manipulated by fidgeting fingers. Watching the objects slide back and forth, the viewer may be reminded of counting, tallying, wishing, planning, calculating.

The baubles on the string are the detritus of our era, the Anthropocene. They are the items that wash up against us, like the flotsam and jetsam on the beach after a storm. What do we do with these things? We gather them, sort them, recycle them, throw them away. This ebb and flow is reflected by the ongoing movement of the objects, back and forth along the line.

When Lattey works with movement, she is interested in simple rhythms and patterns that can produce complex and fascinating movements. Through repetition, simple patterns unfold over time to create new forms.

String Together

Pippa Lattey

Exhibit Dates

April 22 to June 19, 2021


BAF Gallery
2-258 East 1st Ave
Vancouver, BC


Public Installation