Laurence (Larry) Weyand
Program and component
Explore and Create, Concept to Realization
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
Field of practice
A New Take on the Bathroom Via a Crocheted Rug Exhibition on Gender Identity
Laurence (Larry) Weyand’s installation, Every Bathroom I’ve Ever Bathed In 1995-2020, is giving a traditional artform a comeback by addressing modern challenges in a fun way.
Crafting rugs and relationships
Larry Weyand’s installation, Every Bathroom I’ve Ever Bathed In 1995-2020, offers a reproduction of two life-sized bathrooms made of crocheted rugs. In 2022, the installation will be displayed at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John’s. The work explores the limits of crochet—a traditional art practiced in Newfoundland and Labrador—and promotes the latest techniques to artisans across the province.
Accessible arts to spark conversations
As someone who is gender-neutral, Weyand sees bathrooms as both private and public spaces of self-surveillance, discomfort, beautification, filth and confusion. By using an accessible and whimsical creative medium, Weyand hopes to close the gap with various audiences by creating spaces for conversation, understanding and compassion.