Danielle Folkerts

            Collections are personal: they are private.  Collections are shared: they are public.  Collections are displayed, stored and organized in a variety of ways.  Collections are valued for their rarity, historical significance, repetitious quantity and size.   Collections are preserved documentations and fragments of much broader narratives and memories, which bring a number of other questions to light concerning the who, why, where and what do people personally collect and value?

There is no doubt I am member of the Wine family, as my practice has been heavily influenced by the experiences and surroundings of my upbringing.   I come from generations of collectors: my grandfather Wine spent a lifetime filling his rural Albertan farm with potentially useful, work related and personal memorabilia: where objects were saved awaiting their fate of being used or forgotten.  On the other hand, my mother is an avid collector of antiques, vintage wares and aesthetically worn artifacts; it is a business, passion, obsession and garage filler.   Her ability and skill to hunt, refinish and arrange stunning displays and transform a space is obvious.  As for myself, I have followed heavily in my family’s tradition; specifically focusing on accumulating worn frames and vintage photography.  I consciously collect as an artist who is analyzing and researching the processes and meanings associated with such interests and how the objects themselves become a medium in which to engage and communicate my relationships through.

This has led me to the installation Recollection which consists of composed and arranged found objects, reconstructed artifacts, precious memories and personal artworks thematically referencing generations of collecting and collections.  Set on several long handmade shelves: memorabilia, photographs, silkscreened prints and mixed media works are layered and displayed thoughtfully, as a fragmented narrative weaves together family and tradition. The past and present are deliberately contrasted through the use of new and old materials and together the assortment of images and objects refer directly to the debris of personal history.  The materials and artifacts are witness to the lifetime of activity around them.

Recollection is the act of remembering something, and while every document is a recording of memory and experience, it is also a document of what is excluded and absent in history.  As layers of artifacts and artworks intertwine, a void of unanswered questions and narratives are mourned and considered.


vintage frames, silkscreen, rag paper, wood, photo, bees wax, found object, cast iron brackets, charcoal


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