Artist Statement: My gender-neutral body feels caught between the confusing gendered indicators of 1990’s iconic toys and candy. To cope, I investigate how I interact with these objects and foods. Each sculptural rug hooked work grapples with intergenerational trauma as well as teenagehood in the 1990s. As an attempt to address the complex issues around social constructs of beauty and gender, I use rug hooking as a fuzzy medium to softly unpack both my gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia. I push the boundary of this traditional craft as a reflection of the boundaries pushed within my own body.
Biography: Larry Weyand is a rug hooker whose work defies the established properties of traditional floor decor, domesticity, and gender. Fueled by the complex history of processed foods, emotional trauma, autoethnography, queerness, and domestic spaces, Larry investigates how hard-to-swallow narratives can occupy space within the soft, fluffy discomfort of textile-based craft. Larry’s textile work has been presented across Canada, most recently at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery (St. John’s, NL, 2019-2020), Neutral Ground Artist Run Center (Saskatoon, SK, 2020-2021), the Art Gallery of Burlington (Burlington, ON, 2021), and Struts & Faucet Artist Run Center (Sackville, NB, 2019). Larry has recently been the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant as well as the City of St. John’s Artist Grant to develop a pivotal body of work to unpack their experience as a gender-neutral person. Having completed their MFA at Concordia University in Fibres & Material Practices, Larry is now a Visiting Assistant Professor in Textile Arts at Memorial University’s Grenfell campus in Newfoundland & Labrador.