The Transience of Value

Bus tickets (good for an hour and a half) incorporated into crochet (something to do while waiting for the bus, grandma’s heirlooms), permanence forced onto throwaways. Things have no intrinsic value – all value is assigned. Can art give value to what has been deemed worthless, revalidate what has been invalidated?

Do people have intrinsic value? Are we non-transferable – invisible when we step out of our allotted roles? Are we void when altered – invalidated when we deviate from the ordained norm?  Are we valued only when we are useful – worthless after our expiry date?

How do we assign value to people, so that a child destroyed by a bomb in Manchester is worthier than a child destroyed by a bomb in Baghdad?

Group exhibition, Works by Alex Forsyth, Shelley Rothenburger, and Lena Tan, The Gallery at the Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre), Vancouver, B.C., May 30 to June 24, 2017

Solo exhibition, Gallery Gachet Salon Shop, Vancouver, B.C., April 24 to May 31, 2015

Group exhibition, Transitory/Transit Story, Leigh Square Community Arts Village, Port Coquitlam, B.C., June 13 to July 15, 2013

Group exhibition, Fleeting, Britannia Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., June 30 to July 30, 2010

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