18 x 8 in.
“Barter” causes contemplation of the handmade, the notion of the domestic trades, as well as women’s work. Consider the fetish for the one-of-a -kind, the desire for comfort and the devolution from our past as a barter society. How would different people value the time spent, the fact that this is a one-of, and that it is a functional item? Is it relevant that it was made by one woman, by hand, sitting in a rocking chair? I think of this in terms of the potential for trade. What would someone give me or do for me that they would consider a fair equivalent?
© Linda Michel-Cassidy