Ellen Scobie


Gimme Hand + Burden

Artist’s Statement

This artwork is part of my interest in the effects of consumerism on our bodies and our minds. Shopping, collecting, saving, hoarding and the attendant activities of organizing, cleaning, filing, sorting, recycling and purging occupy large swaths of time and energy. What are the effects on our mental health of this continuous cycle? How are we coping with the responsibility of having too much stuff, its collection and disposal? What could we be doing differently?