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Køkkenmødding - an exhibition opening

Jones Gallery + Studio
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Join Sarah and Caleb at the little gallery for the opening of Sarah's latest project. We'll have wine and maybe cake!

Køkkenmødding is Danish for “kitchen mound”, which became the source for “kitchen midden”, an archaeological term used to describe trash or garbage heap. Middens are deposits of occupation debris, broken tools or exhausted materials no longer required, by-products of human activity. They tend to be found close to living areas, slightly out of sight or out of the way. Archaeologists view kitchen middens as invaluable repositories of information about the societies which created them.

“I have approached Saint John’s former industrial sites as a sort of midden - my personal køkkenmødding, hence the exhibition title,” explains Jones. “I have used these spaces for inspiration, visual cues and information about our industrial identity. Like traditional kitchen middens, these sites are slightly out of the way and forgotten, bearing deposits of exhausted materials - bits of wire, metal and concrete.” Jones says she explored sites like Tin Can Beach and the former site of the Lantic Sugar refinery for inspiration. The exhibition uses collage, wire and hanging acrylic panels to interpret Saint John’s industrial “kitchen middens” as potential archaeological sites.

Project supported by ArtsNB.