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Standing
Odia Reimer
Clay
4’x4’x4’

As a community of people we gather and help each other stand in the midst of the trials in our life. Sometimes standing is just enough to start walking.

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Betrayal
Odia Reimer
Fabric
5’x5’x10’

Betrayal is made up of fabric pieces that represent dead, empty ovaries which are suspended to form a large hanging mobile. Reminiscent of a baby’s crib mobile. After experiencing a miscarriage this piece expresses the distrust and betrayal I felt for my body.

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28 Days – Flatline
Odia Reimer
Cotton Cloth, Polyfill
4’x6’

28 Days Flatline is made up of 96 pillows, each with a flatline of 28 stitches in red. This piece documents 8 years/96 months/2,688 days routinely taking a morning temperature with hopes of tracking fertility, each month hope is dashed with the stark straight line.

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Evidence of a Trial
Odia Reimer
Wool
27 pieces each 18”x18”

In 2007 we were told by the police that they had found the man who had killed my sister Candace Derksen and on January 17th, 2011 I attended the first day of a trial I never thought I would have to endure. During the trial I crocheted a circle every day. The three colours I used represent the degree and multitude of emotions I was feeling and the size of the circle is how long we were in court on that day.

Evidence is what remains. It could be almost anything hair, fingerprints, fibres, clothing or minute DNA. Evidence is proof. If we have evidence it validates that experience actually happened. Without evidence we cannot say without a shadow of a doubt that we endured, that we suffered, that we experienced anything. Here is my evidence.

Cream – feeling neutral and balanced
Red – feelings of pain and hurt
Black – feeling of anger and injustice

Seventy times Seven
Odia Reimer
Wool
7’x7’x7’

Seventy times Seven is made up of 490 crocheted tears suspended from a frame, 7 X 7, hung 7 feet off the floor, to create a perfect cube symbolic of the natural attempt to contain the pain. Each tear is crocheted by hand without any pattern making each one unique, a reflection of the moment of its creation. The color white symbolizes the purity and simplicity of the falling of a tear. The tears also portray an understanding of the answer to Peter’s question… “Sir, how often should I forgive a brother who has sinned against me? Seven times?” Christ’s answer was seventy times seven, 490 times. This is one day.

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The Last Walk
Odia Reimer
Photography

The Last Walk is 66 black and white photographs, replicating the lonely walk Candace made as she moved towards her death. The walk starts at the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg, MB where she started her journey home and ends at the construction site where her body was found 6 weeks later.

The Hem of His Garment
Odia Reimer
Cotton
8’x 24’x 8’

In our lives we search for, long for, seek after healing. Whether it’s internal, spiritual or physical it is a quest that flows below the surface of our lives, usually this quest is private and un-noteworthy but is played out again and again by the un-whole individual. The work I have created manifests this search and eternal longing to be healed, which is often unnoticed and unknown to everyone else. The basis of my work is found in the bible in Mathew 9:20.

“20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.”

This sculpture simulates a crowd of people or a crowd of garments. The one garment in the center represents what we are all searching for – the power of healing. The purpose is for the audience to long to find and touch the Hem of His garment. Just as I am forced to search for my personal healing I want to bring my audience along to search for theirs as well.