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Worker Bee

Hitoko Okada

September 12 - October 4, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12

Worker Bee is a paper and textile series that explores the internal struggle of the obligated worker as a disenchanted proletariat. In the struggle to transgress socialized and internalized barriers in employment beyond class, race and gender, one navigates through the unknown, forging a self-determined path and creating self-defined meaning- making and value in work and service towards empowerment, healing and emancipation. Throughout this series, I employ the motif of the honeycomb cell, in a repetitive pattern, to represent creation or labour of the worker “bee”. A honey splattered constellation moves across the honeycomb seams like a milky way of stars navigating a course towards freedom.