Monique Martin: 365 days of coffee

Sat, Sep 1, 2018 to Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ Chapel Gallery

Community: Battlefords' Allied Arts Council

Education Packages: 365DaysofCoffeeEdGuide.pdf

This exhibition is organized and toured through OSAC’s Arts on the Move program.

The consumption of coffee is part of a morning routine, the drive to work, interactions with others and how we spend money. We have all witnessed the line up at a coffee drive-thru. We have all seen the clutter of discarded cups on the street. Coffee impacts the world around us.

The consumption of coffee, is it ritual, a need, an outlet or an addiction? Whichever it is, it provides livelihood to 125 million human beings. Coffee is the second highest traded commodity second only to oil. The origin of coffee shops was the small cafes, where individuals met and exchanged ideas on topics such as science, business, writing and politics. The coffee shops catered to certain clientele. An exchange of ideas still occurs but in many coffee shops people are working on computers and possibly interacting with someone in another coffee shop in a different location in the world on topics like science, business, writing and politics. Maybe the world is just one big coffee shop.

The cafes have evolved to allow people to purchase their coffee and take it with them. Prior to take away coffee, individuals sat at cafes and consumed their coffee slowly and usually in the company of a friend or a good book. Now the coffee is often put into travel mugs and carried from place to place. Has the new ritual become the carrying of the coffee?
- Monique Martin, Artist Statement
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