Spoonderland – An exhibition by Katrissa Singer

January 29, 2017 – February 8, 2017 all-day
Special Project Gallery, Main Lobby, Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, York University
86 Fine Arts Road
Department of Visual Art and Art History


Spoonderland, a solo exhibition by fourth-year visual arts student Katrissa Singer, is an eclectic mix of assemblage art, street art, documentary and artistic photography informed by the artist’s own experience of navigating life with multiple chronic health conditions.

With this show, Singer aims to facilitate compassion and understanding across the spectrum of abilities.

photograph of a pill bottle and lid, with note: "The worst part is feeling like everyone just thinks you're lying"

Katrissa Singer: “The Worst Part” – digital scan print, 13″ x 19″. Part of the series Message in a Bottle, 2016.

Artist’s Statement

Living with a chronic illness or disability is an experience that is very difficult to articulate, especially to people who do not face the same challenges. ‘Spoon theory’ is a metaphor created by Christine Miserandino, an activist who lives with chronic illness, to illustrate the often severe energy limitations faced by people with chronic illness, and the way these limitations impact their lives.

Message in a Bottle amplifies the voices of people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities, visible or invisible, physical or mental, as well as the voices of those who experienced life-changing consequences as a result of temporary or acute illness.

Photo of an asphalt surface with raised cement edging and cast iron railing. The words SLOW DOWN are stencilled on the cement. Visible behind the railing is a flower bed with bright pink and blue flowers.

Katrissa Singer: “Slow Down” – digita photo print, 8.5″ x 11″. Part of the project Love Letters to Myself, 2016

Love Letters to Myself is a record of a street art project focused on self-compassion.

Three-dimensional works made from recycled pill containers (“Doesn’t Take a Holiday” and “Pilleidoscope”) illuminate, through the use of metaphors, various facets of ‘Spoon Life’.
–  Katrissa Singer

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm

Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 – 6 pm

At 3 pm, Katrissa Singer will give a brief talk about her creative practice.  Visitors will have the opportunity to view and interact with the objects that were photographed for Singer’s “Message in a Bottle” project, that focused on collecting authentic narratives by people living with chronic illness or a disability.

The Special Project Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Patrons can enter the Goldfarb Centre via the south door of the Centre for Film and Theatre.
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Admission is free – all welcome