Article 21

Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Candice Okada

About my work

I have always been drawn to embroidery and other forms of ‘women’s traditional crafts’ because of their falsely perceived artistic limitations, which are based on patriarchal notions of creative expression. In continuing to work with the form of ‘stitch’ and the content of human rights, I hope people will question the trajectory of knowledge and thought that deems certain lives and certain art forms as ‘lesser’ than others. 

I chose to stitch on basic linen canvas and use only black and red thread. These formal choices were made to make an immediate connection to pen on paper. I did this to emphasise the importance of stitch as a mode of communication and site of knowledge, alongside writing.

- Candice Okada

Candice Okada

About me

Candice Okada is an artist from Vancouver, Canada. She is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia, where her primary research is concerned with the visual representation of speculative future technologies and how these objects intersect with and rely on traditional forms of women’s creative labour like weaving, lace-making and braiding. She has exhibited her artwork and published writing in Canada, the United States and Europe.

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