Peggy Taylor Reid  
 Discarded Rituals, Glass Plate Handle; Archival Ink Jet print mounted on Diabond, 20x20 inches; 2015

Discarded Rituals, Glass Plate Handle; Archival Ink Jet print mounted on Diabond, 20x20 inches; 2015

 Discarded Rituals, Wine Rinse Side; Archival Ink Jet print mounted on diabond, 20x20 inches; 2015

Discarded Rituals, Wine Rinse Side; Archival Ink Jet print mounted on diabond, 20x20 inches; 2015

Discarded Rituals are Archival Pigment prints of varying sizes printed on matte paper and mounted on Dibond. They are partial images of glassware, bowls, pitchers, platters, plates, jars and vases used in the presentation, preservation or consumption of food. These ghostly traces are a reflection on the loss of the social rituals found around the table. The glassware I chose were pieces that had found their way into my home through the passing of my grandmother and mother-in-law. I chose to photograph them so as to appear as if drawn by hand.  This choice adds to the delicate nature of their material and their place in my memory.  Also, as part of the work, when it was exhibited at the Red Head Gallery in Toronto, I performed a task of grinding glass using a mortar and pestle (an ancient tool used in the kitchens, pharmacies and studios for milling), while sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table. I did this hoping to return the glass back to its elemental form: sand. The table, positioned in the centre of the room, was a place for congregation. I encouraged visitors to sit and, in the journal provided, recount the food rituals they remembered from childhood. The journal is divided into two halves. One-half for rituals remembered, but which are not performed anymore, and the second for those rituals that continue to be incorporated into day-to-day life.