Care Packages is a series of textile installations that focus on elements of caregiving: caring for the sick and elderly; caring for those growing into new identities or life situations; and caring for each other in times of distress or loneliness. Sourcing materials from local thrift stores, I repurpose scrubs worn by caregivers, tablecloths and lace decorations, bedsheets, and pillowcases, to symbolize our universal need for care, safety, and intimacy. As cultural signifiers these second-hand textiles are meant to evoke the feminine, since the act of caregiving has been traditionally performed by women. Through my artwork I celebrate women of the past and the present, inviting all, regardless of gender, to embrace the labours that lead to a healthy and resilient society.
Photography: Robert McNair
Christine De Vuono is a multimedia artist working with drawing, sculpture, collage, installation, and photography. The materials of each project are chosen specifically to engage viewers in new ways to examine societal norms and values. Her work utilises antiquated practices and mindful labour, emphasising the disparity between past traditions and present efficiencies. Often focusing on the transitions we face in life, her work celebrates the needs of the psyche for beloved care and lived beauty.