An Investigation into Objects of Heartbreak and Grief – KATRINA    CRAIG

An Investigation into Objects of Heartbreak and Grief

I’m sentimental with objects. I keep things that were important to me (whether happy or sad memories are attached) and I feel guilty throwing them away. I’ve been thinking about how to honour the heartbreak objects and give them other life. I’ve been taking apart the objects I can’t part with, and transforming them into work that expresses the experience through the object. 

​The physical labour of taking the objects apart is akin to the emotional process of grief and closure. This process allows me time to reflect on the experiences that have lead to grief, loss, heartbreak, growth and change. I’ve invited others to donate their heartbreak objects to this project to participate in reclaiming their vulnerable experiences, and building a place for viewers to relate and connect with other people’s trauma and heartbreak.  To donate an object to this project please click here

This work is made possible with the generous support of the Winnipeg Arts Council with funding from the City of Winnipeg


Until you realize you’re in a pattern, it will continue. A crushing relationship pattern had to be taken to its furthest point to burn what was there and build back up from nothing. 

Objects: Journals, Photographs

Appearances, 2016. Paper, photographs, cotton. (full and detail)

​​Compartmentalize (1), 2016. Paper, photographs, cotton. (full and detail)

Compartmentalize (2), 2016. Paper, photographs, cotton. (full and detail)

​I’ll Never Do it Again, 2016. Paper, photographs, cotton. (Full and detail)

Little Red, 2016. Paper, photographs, cotton.

​The Wolf, 2016. Paper, photographs, cotton.


A token of acceptance from a family member, transforms into an object of grief after a tragic accident.

Donated Object: Human Sexuality Book

Taboos, Then, Have an All-Encompassing Quality, 2017. Silk, Cotton, Paper

Aspects of a Person’s Sexuality are Established Early in Life, 2017. Silk, Cotton, Paper

Self Loving People Have Greater Internal Resources to Draw Upon, 2017. Silk, Cotton, Paper (full and detail)


We like to pretend we can have a person forever. We are fallible creatures who grow and change, and eventually cease to exist. 

Donated Object: Wedding Bands

Growing Together/Growing Apart, 2017.  Cotton, Wedding Bands (full and detail)


“The record is tattered, scratched and doesn’t play well. Another, final example of giving me butchered versions of things I loved. Dirty copies of the things I cared about. He never really got what it was to have a healthy relationship.”

​Donated Objects: Stuffed animal, David Bowie Ziggie Stardust record, beeswax candle

Everything Is Fine, Home Sweet Home, 2017. Silk, mohair, cotton, cardboard, reclaimed textiles (full and detail)

I Should be Happy, 2017. Silk, mohair, cotton, cardboard, reclaimed textiles (full and detail)

Carry You, Sinking, 2017. Silk, mohair, cotton, cardboard, reclaimed textiles (full and detail)

To Use It, Is to Destroy it, 2017. Silk, mohair, cotton, cardboard, reclaimed textiles (full and detail)


“Hurdling downhill sideways and throwing myself to the ground was not my idea of a great afternoon, but my significant other at the time told me that well, it should be. “

​Donated Object: Ski Boots

​Isn’t About Becoming, 2017.  Reclaimed Textiles, Wool. (Full and detail)


A piece to be added to as the show travels. Included are slips of paper.

Viewers can participate by writing secrets or stories on slips of paper and tying them onto the open warp strings to let the memories go.

Together, 2017. Cotton and Wool