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Kate Walchuk’s used and abused objects find their dream home in Lost and Found.

click to enlarge Take a bite of Kate Walchuk’s zza.
  • Take a bite of Kate Walchuk’s zza.

Finding Kate Walchuk's work within Lost and Found is a little bit of a scavenger hunt, and she likes it that way. "I have the advantage of placing crafted objects in the same displays as their original referents," says the artist. "My intent being that the art maintains a stubborn presence next to that of the true object." She uses papier mache and wood to sculpt used and sometimes mistreated objects, usually collectables like records, shoes and glasses, which sit (perfectly and modestly) among the north end vintage shop's kitsch and collectables, challenging you to look harder. Connecting the exhibit's name to the "weight" of papier mache in the art world Walchuk, a NSCAD grad, laughs saying that papier mache isn't necessarily the medium you'd expect an art school grad to be drawn to, but she appreciates its malleability and kitsch connection. "I think its inherent association with souvenir knick-knacks and kids' craft contributes to the low-brow, kitsch appeal of the objects I'm working from."

To August 24, Lost and Found, 2383 Agricola Street, 446-5986

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